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Friday, March 22, 2019

There are about 40 to 60 million Muslims in China. The range is wide because no definite census has been taken for some time. The highest concentration of Chinese Muslim population is found in the northwest part of the country that borders the Central Asian Republics, all of which are Muslim.

While China has seen tens of millions of its citizens come to Christ in the past few decades, the Muslim population remains virtually untouched by this move of the Spirit. Only a few scattered individual Muslims have placed their faith in Christ. There are no known churches comprised of Muslim-background believers. Muslims, along with Tibetans, are the least-reached people in China.

Prayer

I fall to my knees and pray to you, Father, Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from your glorious, unlimited resources you will empower the Chinese church with inner strength by your Spirit (Ephesians 3:14-16). We do believe that “A Christianized China is poised to change the face not just of Christendom worldwide, but potentially of the world of Islam.”[1]

Thank you for the “Back to Jerusalem” movement[2] and their vision to go to various nations to evangelize Muslims. May they also bring their Muslim neighbors to you! Deliver your children in China from reticence and fear. Ignite their faith that the followers of Muhammad can be brought to the Kingdom by the power of your Holy Spirit. Yes, help Chinese believers bring Muslims to Christ.

Give the Chinese church the vision and the ability to translate and publish the Bible in all languages that Chinese Muslims speak.

I pray for workers. Call, prepare, anoint and send workers to the Uyghur, Hui, Dongxiang, Salar, and Utsat. Nor will we forget the Tajiks, Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Afghans, and Pakistanis among the Chinese. 

Lord, help Muslims in China to see and feel the difference in the lives of Jesus’ followers. May they become eager to know Christ and be filled with his presence. May they experience the power of Jesus living in them. In his precious name I pray, amen.

Promise

I will give you abundant water to quench your thirst and to moisten your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank (Isaiah 44:3-4, REB).

Footnotes

[1] David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing, p. 13.
[2] See the Prayer about Back to Jerusalem

Valley of Blessing

Friday, March 15, 2019

At God’s command and without any fighting at all, the king of Israel led his troops to a great victory against their enemies. They carried off plunder of livestock, clothes, equipment and valuable things. Afterwards they gathered in the valley to bless the Lord for his help. They called their gathering place the Valley of Baracah, which means Valley of Blessing (read the story in 2 Chronicles 20:20-26).

Let us make our prayer this week a special encounter with Almighty God our Maker and Savior, asking him to turn Muslim societies into Valleys of blessing!

Prayer

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, in whose presence angels cover their faces and feet, and before whom they worship, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ your son, my Lord. Send out your light and your truth to guide me as I walk in your ways. Give me the love and perseverance to intercede for people who are away from you and are lost in sin.

I pray that you will transform Muslims in many towns and cities around the world into Christ-worshipping, Holy Spirit-filled people. I pray also that their religious and political leaders will become part of your miraculous work. May those communities each be called “Valley of Blessing.”

I pray that you will include in your Kingdom Muslim converts from all walks of life: government officials, company executives, simple people, rich people, poor people, young and old, educated and uneducated. Establish your Church among Muslims.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ (Ephesians 1:3, NLT). Amen.

Promise

I have heard your prayer (2 Kings 19:20, NLT).