Friday, May 17, 2019
An interesting phenomenon is happening: Muslims who came to Christ a few years ago now have children. Although this is by no means new or unprecedented, it is unique in the fact that there are larger numbers of these children than ever before. Though they are raised in Christian homes, they also live in Muslim societies and deal with Muslim cultures on a regular basis.
In the past, most Muslims who came to Christ were forced to flee for their lives or adopt “Christian” names and “disappear” into non-Muslim societies. Today, more and more of those who have come to the Lord choose to stay put in their original cultural setting, where God first met them in Christ. They establish families, and at great personal risk, continue to follow the Savior.
Majestic God, great in splendor and full of mercy, I bring to you the sons and daughters of Muslim converts. Answer their parents’ prayers to save them and bring them into your Kingdom. Grant them eternal life through faith in Christ Jesus the Lord. May none of them cause their parents pain and grief by living a life of rebellion against you. May those godly parents who put their lives on the line for the sake of Christ see their sons and daughters become children of the living God!
We pray also for those children who are already believers. Bless them, Lord. We know that many of them stand up for you in school, at work and in public places. Fill them all with your Holy Spirit and equip them to be ministers of your Word, wherever they are.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
The Lord will bless those who fear him, both high and low. May the Lord give you increase, both you and your children (Psalm 115:13-14, REB).
That Have Come to Christ
Friday, May 10, 2019
It is hard for us to understand the grave and sensitive position of a Muslim family that believes in Christ. One of the issues that face such families is raising their children in the midst of a Muslim society. For example, while most adults have the ability to say the right things at the right time, the same is not true for children. Imagine the dilemma of a Muslim convert who teaches his 3-year-old to sing a song about Jesus at home. When the toddler surprises his family by singing the same song in public, the offended Muslim listeners will demand an explanation. Once when our family was on a long train ride in a Muslim country, our 3 ½-year-old son surprised us by standing in his seat and preaching Christ at the top of his voice to every one that could hear him! That incident did not cost us our lives, since the little fellow was preaching in English and most people did not understand him.
Parents as well as children, whether toddlers or adolescents, encounter difficulties and face challenges in Islamic societies which expect everyone to be Muslim.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for bringing whole Muslim families to salvation in Jesus Christ. Thank you for giving them the power to follow you and the boldness to live for you. I pray that your protective hand will be upon them to lead and guide them into all truth.
Give them all, parents and children alike, wisdom, understanding and courage to stand for Christ and for righteous living.
Protect them, Father, from the works of the enemy. Guard them from letting their love for one another cool off. Protect them from divisions and from divorce.
O Lord, I pray that their family life will be a witness to others of what Jesus Christ can and will do when a family makes him their Lord.
For your glory I pray. Amen.
He lifts the needy out of affliction, and increases their families like flocks. The godly see it and are glad, but the wicked shut their mouths (Psalm 107:41-42, SAB).