Will Welcome Christ
Friday, April 3, 2020
This coming Sunday, Western Christendom celebrates Palm Sunday. The events that took place on that day 20 centuries ago were astonishing; they shook the city and shocked the authorities.
It was not unusual to see an outsider riding into Jerusalem on a donkey to celebrate Passover. Yet, on this day, large crowds gathered around a particular rider to give him a royal welcome. Some threw their clothes on the road, while others spread tree branches as welcome mats! They shouted his praises joyfully. They called him Son of David. Yes, the rider was Jesus!
That is how Jesus was welcomed into Israel’s capital city on Palm Sunday. It is our prayer that many Muslim capitals will welcome him today.
Hosanna to the Son of David! …Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! (Matthew 21:9; Luke 19: 38). Almighty God, I’m pleading with you for the countless cities, towns and communities teeming with Muslims; may they welcome Christ the King.
You alone are Almighty. You divided the Red Sea for the children of Israel, and they passed through on dry ground (Nehemiah 9:11). By your divine power you direct the hearts of kings as streams of water (Proverbs 21:1). Grant us freedom to preach the cross of Christ in Mecca, the city Muslims consider the holiest site on earth. May Jesus Christ reveal his glory there.
I am worshipping at your throne, Almighty God. I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that you are able to do far more than I could ever dream (2 Timothy 1:12). This is my hope and my confidence.
Praise and honor and glory and power belong to the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb for ever and ever (Revelation 5:13, SAB). Amen.
From the ends of the earth we hear singing: “Glory to the Righteous One” (Isaiah 24:16, NIV).
Friday, March 27, 2020
As we trust God for feats that are humanly impossible, he honors our faith in him. The purpose of our prayer this week is to see Muslims by the tens of thousands come to the Kingdom of God, so they can be set free from sin and experience joy and life in Christ.
Over the past several centuries many churches in the Middle East, Turkey, and North Africa have been turned into mosques. Today in the West, Muslims have taken over vacant church buildings and turned them into Islamic centers and mosques.
We, however, as believers in Christ, are concerned about more than mere walls of stone. We do not seek to defeat Muslims or take over their properties; rather, we want to see the glory of the name of Jesus manifested through their lives transformed by the Gospel.
Lord God, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below. You do not live in places built by human hands. Heaven itself, the highest heaven, cannot contain you; how much less churches and mosques that humans build (1 Kings 8:23-27)! We pray that Christ will be proclaimed freely, publicly and powerfully in mosques and Islamic places of worship around the world. Our desire is not to take over these places. We are asking you to cause Muslims to come and worship you in the name of Jesus of their own accord and free will in the places they themselves have built.
I pray that people will be saved in mosques and set free from sin and the bondage of Satan. May divine healings and miraculous acts take place in the name of Jesus in those places of worship.
O Lord my God, attend to the prayer and the supplication of your servant; listen to the cry and prayer which your servant makes before you this day. May your eyes ever be on these buildings to turn them into places where the name that is above every name will be honored and worshipped (1 Kings 8:28-29).
God is able to accomplish far more than we might ask or imagine, according to his power at work in us. Glory be to him in the community of believers, and through Jesus Christ in all ages for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21, SAB).