My heart ached just seeing the dramatic footage and serious photos of the gunman directing hostages to face the window with their hands held up with some forced to hold up the Shahada flag.
Buildings around this Lindt cafe have been evacuated with the police having cordoned off the area in Martin Place.
It has been reported there are 50 hostages with a young Asian woman being used as a human shield between him and the police. Previously it was reported to be at least 13 people but the Lindt boss just updated the numbers to 50. This situation has turned more complex.
Please help us pray for the hostages at Martin Place, Sydney.