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Believers in Prison

Friday, September 30, 2022

It is estimated that at any given time, several thousand believers in Christ are imprisoned in Muslim countries because of their determination to live for Christ as their Savior and Lord.

Most of them experience harsh and inhumane conditions. They are often given no food or access to legal help. The police beat them to dissuade them from following Christ and extract information and confessions about other believers. Some die at the hands of the police.

Prayer

O God, give our Christian brothers and sisters in prison grace in their severe trials. Give them strength to stand firm in their faith and stay loyal to you. Give them courage to resist Satan and his temptations. Deliver them from evil.

May they be comforted by thinking about Jesus “who endured such hostility against himself from sinners” (Hebrews 12:3).

Visit them, O Lord, in a special way. Manifest to them the love and compassion of Christ. Soothe their physical wounds and emotional hurts. Comfort their hearts, and help them forgive and love their enemies.

Come down and reveal yourself to them as you did with Daniel’s three friends in the fiery furnace. Assure them that their families are in your care. If it is your will, you can deliver them miraculously as you did with Peter. Yet if some will be put to death like John the Baptist and James, give them grace and strength to stand firm to the end.

Lord God, convict their tormentors. May every one of these tormentors, persecutors, and blasphemers turn to you as Saul of Tarsus did.

Help us, the ones who live in relative freedom, to remember those in prison as if we were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if we ourselves were suffering (Hebrews 13:3).

To you, the God of all comfort, we owe our real freedom and our eternal life. In you we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Amen.

Promise

He will guard the footsteps of his loyal servants, while the wicked will be silenced in darkness (1 Samuel 2:9, REB).

Muslim Children

Friday, September 23, 2022

Muslim children, like all other children, are tender, impressionable, and fun-loving. They are innocent and full of life. Their numbers reach more than 300 million around the world.

The traditional Muslim family maintains a tight grip on its members, whatever their ages. This means that Muslim children enjoy much less freedom of choice and action than their peers in the West.

These and other factors make the conventional methods of evangelizing children, such as Sunday school and vacation Bible school, unworkable among Muslims. But other means have been tapped and used successfully, such as the internet, children’s literature, audio and video tapes, and radio and television programs.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you showed special interest in and compassion for children. We ask you, in your mercy, to remember Muslim children.

Raise up an army of dedicated Gospel workers, full of the Holy Spirit, to work among them. Give those evangelists a burden, vision and preparation. Give them creative ideas of how to bring Muslim children to Jesus.

May Muslim children hear the Word preached in a clear and understandable way so they can receive new life in Christ. I pray that Jesus’ name will be glorified because of these children.

Almighty God in heaven, I pray that multitudes of little ones will shout “hosanna to the Son of David” in villages and cities of Muslim lands. Help children who believe in Jesus as their Savior bring their families to him, your Son, our Lord.

Promise

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14, NIV).

This is what the LORD says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save (Isaiah 49:25, NIV).