Friday, May 1, 2015

This week we pray about the

SENSE OF EMPTINESS IN MUSLIM LIFE

Parts of the Muslim creed and beliefs look very spiritual. However, upon careful analysis, one realizes that they have serious flaws. The entire Islamic system is like an edifice that looks very imposing. But on close examination, one finds only a fragile shell that will crumble at the first
storm. 

Perhaps that is why many Muslims sense such personal emptiness. They feel unfulfilled, even lost.  They do not know the joy of having their sins forgiven. They do not see God as a Father. They believe he is unpredictable. Their future is bleak, because they have no assurance of eternal life. 

PRAYER

Lord God Almighty, thank you for your grace and forgiveness. I am praying for Muslims, not because I think I am greater or better than they are. I am very aware of my fallen, sinful nature. I am unworthy and unholy. Without your love and mercy, I would have no chance. But in your grace, you assure me of your forgiveness, salvation and victory. Yes, that is the Gospel of Christ! Thank you.

Now I pray for my Muslim friends. They are empty because they do not know you, God of grace, God of love. Fill the void in their lives with Christ, the only Savior. Their hearts are thirsty. You alone can quench that thirst and satisfy their hunger. No one else and nothing else can fill the void in their hearts. Neither religion nor philosophy, neither silver nor gold can grant them joy. Only you can do that. Come and fill them with your presence.

O God, may they experience personally the deep and unfathomable love of Christ. Father in heaven, make them anew and whole, and give them the abundance of life and power that you have in store for your children (Ephesians 3:19). In the glorious and mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

PROMISE

[They] search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. 41.18 NIV Isaiah 41.I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs (Isaiah 41:17-18, NIV).

Friday, April 24, 2015

This week we pray to take possession of the

FORTIFIED “ANAKITE” CITIES

One day, Caleb reminded Joshua that 45 years had passed since Moses had sent both of them, along with ten others, to spy out the land of Canaan which the Lord had promised to give them. The other ten were terrified by the terrain and the size of the inhabitants! They brought back an unfavorable report. However, Caleb and Joshua gave a positive report and assured everyone that if God was pleased with them, he would give them those cities (Numbers 13-14).

We believe the Lord is telling us today: “Wherever you set foot, that land will be yours” (Deuteronomy 11:24). And part of that land is the “fortified cities” of Islam.

Let us, in faith, claim those areas for Christ and his Kingdom.

PRAYER

Holy Father, God Almighty, King of Glory! I bow down before your majesty and come humbly to your throne of grace.

Many parts of the Muslim world are spiritually like cities that have been fortified against the spread of the Gospel.

But we will not allow the enemy to intimidate or discourage us. True, we are facing giants we cannot defeat in our own strength, heights we cannot scale, and a mountain that is impossible for us to cross.

Great and Mighty King of heaven and earth, all things are possible for you. Help us do what you have commanded us to do.  Give us this mountain, Lord (Joshua 14:12).

Compassionate Lord, hear my cry and prayer in the name of Jesus, your Son, my Lord. Amen.

PROMISE

This is the… message of the Lord to [you]… don’t depend on your own power or strength, but on my Spirit… That mountain in front of you will be leveled to the ground (Zechariah 4:6-7, CEV).

Friday, April 17, 2015

This week we pray that God will send many

“ELIJAHS” TO “SIDON”

I have been sharing these thoughts around the world. But now I want to share them with you too.

Elijah prayed to the one true God that there would be no rain. By doing so, he was actually challenging the national religion and saying that his God was greater than Baal, the “god” who supposedly caused fertility by sending rain. Elijah’s prayer was also a challenge to King Ahab and Queen Jezebel who led their kingdom in Baal worship. After Elijah prayed, the Lord told him to go into hiding for some time. Later, God sent him to Sidon. The king of Sidon was the father of Queen Jezebel. Although Elijah’s life would be in danger in Sidon, the prophet obeyed and went. There, he ministered to a widow, and she gave him the food he needed. He even raised up her son after the boy died! (Read the story in 1 Kings 17.)

PRAYER

Great, mighty and awesome God, when I read the story of Elijah, I think of the conditions in the Muslim world today. The people are religious, but they have no knowledge of the only Savior. They even fear God, but they do not know that he loves them and offers them complete pardon through Jesus Christ the Lord.

Look upon them in your mercy, Holy God, for they follow a mirage that delivers neither water nor hope. They do not have the bread of life (1 Kings 17:12).

We pray that you will send them people like Elijah to minister to them in their dire need. Call men and women, fill them with courage and stamina, and send them to spread the Gospel.

As you sent Elijah to Sidon, the heartland of Baal worship, send modern-day “Elijahs” to the heartland of Islam. May your messengers be humble and audacious, modest and daring! May they declare your Word with clarity and simplicity. May they bring a great harvest of precious souls into the Kingdom of light.

In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior and King. Amen.

PROMISE

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them (Isaiah 42:16, NIV).

Friday, April 10, 2015

This week we pray for

AL-AZHAR UNIVERSITY

Al-Azhar, the most prestigious Islamic center of learning in the world, is located in the city of Cairo, Egypt. Established more than 1000 years ago, it is the brain that shapes Islam worldwide.  Its published
decisions and rulings serve as decrees for other institutions and groups. Any Islamic scholar of esteem and stature is expected to have studied at Al-Azhar!

As a center of education, its main goal is to serve as a guardian of Islam and to spread that creed as a religion and culture all over the world.

PRAYER

Almighty and most holy God, there is no one equal to you. You are faithful to your Word. You have promised that when we ask you will answer, when we seek we will find, and when we knock you will open the door. We
are here, Lord, asking, seeking and knocking at your door!

We pray that you will reveal yourself to many people at Al-Azhar: the Grand Imam and all officials, heads of departments, professors, students, workers and others. Only you can move in this situation, O God. Open
their eyes to see the love of God in Christ the Lord. Open their hearts to receive the truth. Take captive all opposition to your Word.

Inside that huge institution, there are people who are thirsty for the truth. Their tongues are parched, their hearts are aching, and only Jesus can quench their thirst. Only he can fill their hearts with peace. I
entreat you, O merciful God, to reveal Jesus to them.

The prodigal has been away for too long. Bring him home, my Lord and my God.

In the strong name of Jesus I pray, amen.

PROMISE

The LORD… will comfort all those who live among its ruins. He will make its desert like Eden. He will make its wilderness like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found
in it, thanksgiving and the sound of singing (Isaiah 51:3, GW).