Joppa is an ancient port. It was there that Peter opened the door to resurrection life for Tabitha. In Summit Park, the highest point of Joppa, are the excavated remains of a brick wall from an Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II. Ramses II is the “Pharaoh of the Exodus.” I don’t know if there any iniquitous thrones remaining from that period of history, but I am using the ten plagues of Moses as one model for praying for this city.
Shu-god of air and wind, Nephri-goddess who guarded the grain, Geb-god of earth, Heset-god of plenty, Renenutet-god of nourishment and harvest
Psalm 37:4 (ESV)
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Our Father in heaven,
How many idols we construct for protection!
Father, we declare that You are the refuge and fortress of Joppa, Israel (Psalm 91:2).
How many idols we construct to meet our desires!
Father, we proclaim that Your Son Jesus is the Desire of All Nations (Haggai 2:7).
How many idols we construct out of fear!
Father, we shout out that You are merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6). Help Joppa to love You with all their hearts and with all their understanding and with all their strength, and to love their neighbors as themselves (Mark 12:33), for perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
You revealed the inadequacies of the Egyptian deities’ protection from the locusts. You are the protection of Joppa against devouring. O, that Joppa would delight in You. Amen.
References: Exodus 10:1-20, Time to Defeat the Devil by Chuck D. Pierce, p. 77-78