Friday, December 7, 2018
After the death of Muhammad, the rulers of the Muslim nation were called califs. So, a caliphate is where a calif rules as a religious, political and military head of the Muslim nation. After many centuries of great expansion of Islam around the world, the caliphate was abolished in the early 20th century.
The recent rise in fundamentalist Islamic movements to reestablish the caliphate worldwide will prove to be very dangerous. The purpose of the caliphate is to force all people on earth to convert to Islam and apply the Islamic law universally!
We know that Islam does not offer a solution for sin and misery. So, Jesus is calling on his followers to share with Muslims the Good News of pardon and reconciliation through the cross. Christ is the only way to receive forgiveness, freedom, joy and eternal life.
Lord God, you have given us the responsibility to pray and intercede on behalf of people who need Jesus. You have made us watchmen on the walls who will not be silent day or night (Isaiah 62:6-7). We call on you and bring to you Muslims from all walks of life.
I pray for those who use violence and killing to achieve their goals. In the mighty name of Jesus, I ask you to overthrow the spirit of hatred, violence and murder. Cleanse their minds from cruelty and bloodlust. Help them repent, mend their ways and live holy lives for Christ.
I pray for those who have become disillusioned with Islam because of the rampant bloodshed under the banner of religion. May they become serious seekers of the truth and accept Jesus who is “the Way and the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6).
Thwart the plans of the enemy against your Church. We know the gates of hell will not prevail against her (Matthew 16:18).
In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
Your future will be great indeed (Job 8:7, SAB).
Friday, November 30, 2018
He was an average man. Yet, at a time of rampant sin, when wickedness had spread and everything people thought or imagined was evil (Genesis 6:5-6), Enoch walked with God (Genesis 5:24). He lived a life that pleased his Maker and was commended for that (Hebrews 11:5). Further, his spiritual vision was clear. He was looking forward to the coming of the Lord with multitudes of his saints (Jude 1:14), although he lived many centuries before Jesus told us he would come again (Matthew 24:30-31).
So, one day he disappeared! He was taken from this life without experiencing death (Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5). Later he had the honor of being mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus (Luke 3: 37).
We need men and women today like Enoch. Do you walk with God?
Lord God, we praise you that the door to your throne of grace is always open to us. As we pray this week, we ask you to bring from among Muslims many people who will choose to walk with you, Lord, and who will be commended as pleasing you through faith in Jesus Christ. Your Word tells us that without faith it is impossible to please you (Hebrews 11:6).
Grant us to see many Muslims come to the Kingdom. May they become the light of the world, the salt of the earth, and channels of blessing to their own people to draw them to the love of God.
All glory to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
This includes you who were once far away from God…. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. … he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it (Colossians1:21-23, NLT).