Friday, April 27, 2018
As a whole, Muslims believe that God exists; but for them he is far off, remote. In recent years there has been a wave of widespread violence, killings and massacres—perpetrated, condoned and defended by Muslims. Seeing such atrocities, many Muslims are shocked and disappointed with their own religion. They reason, “If Islam is like this, we will have nothing to do with it.” So, many have turned away from Islam to atheism. If they announce that decision openly in their own Muslim countries, they risk losing their lives.
Muslim atheists have now become a phenomenon in Islam! May the Church reach out to minister Christ, the Prince of Peace, to these disheartened souls.
Maker of the universe, Creator of all things, thank you for entrusting me with the responsibility to pray for Muslims who have turned to atheism.
Savior of sinners, bring them to the cross of Christ to see and feel the agony the Son of God endured for their sake. Lead them to surrender their lives to you and accept your forgiveness.
Turn their hearts and minds to “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable … excellent or praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8). Be their portion (Lamentations 3:24), their strength and shield (Psalm 28:7), that they may serve you with joy and integrity.
Help your Church know how to minister with love and compassion to those who no longer believe. “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.
I will free the prisoner from the hand of the mighty one. I will salvage the loot from the hand of the tyrant. I will fight your enemies, and I will rescue your children from them (Isaiah 49:25, SAB).
Friday, April 20, 2018
He lived A.D. 1232-1316. He was part of the nobility of Spain. As a young man, he lived a life of immorality and dissipation. He boasted that no woman could resist his advances. Finally, his saintly wife took the children and left him. As he pursued her, he saw a vision of Jesus. He abandoned his sins and started following the crucified Savior.
Later, he decided to appeal to Muslims to come to Christ through love, dialogue and reason. For nine years he studied Islam, its religion, culture and traditions, and immersed himself in studying the Arabic language. Finally, he went to Tunisia to the famed Zaytuna Mosque, where he entered into serious discussions with the leaders. He offered them the message of Christ’s love and sacrifice. Although he was arrested and deported, he returned to North Africa two more times. On his last visit there, he was tortured and gave his life for the sake of his Savior.
He was the first intentional missionary to Muslims, and he carried out his task with commitment and sacrifice.
Merciful and redeeming Lord, you are worthy of every sacrifice we make for your sake. Thank you for calling Raymond Lull to go to North Africa. You still call people today.
I pray that many of your children will take the message of the cross to Muslims as Lull did. Give them a passion for the lost. May they never stop hearing the cries of the Christless, hurting world. May their hearts beat with your love for those who do not know you. Fill their minds with the eternal consequence of Calvary. Help them as they study new languages, cultures and ways of life.
May they see miracles happen as lives are changed.
Glory and honor and praise to you, our God. Amen.
Please sir, do you remember me? I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I asked him to give me this boy, and he has granted my request (1 Samuel 1:26-27, SAB).