Friday, July 3, 2015

This week we pray to have

A CHURCH IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES LIKE THAT OF ANTIOCH

We often encounter a fledgling church among Muslim converts to Christ. With this prayer we implore God for a church that is full of the Spirit and strong in the Word, missions-oriented, outward-looking, and very active in bringing the lost to the Kingdom.

According to Acts 13:1-3, the church in Antioch was such a one.

PRAYER

Glory be to you, Lord Jesus our Savior, Bridegroom of the Church, her Redeemer and Master.

Stretch out your mighty arm, and give us in Muslim lands a church that refuses heresies, that is not taken in by egocentrism, that stands firm in the face of divisions and rifts. A church that guards its unity, lives in holiness, weathers persecution, and does not hesitate to sacrifice all for Christ, her Lord.

Yes, Heavenly Father, we pray for a church that has prophets and teachers, a church that accepts and encourages members of various races and nationalities, that includes people of high positions and lowly ones, those who are educated and those who are not, a church to whom the Holy Spirit speaks and declares God’s will.

May the church in Muslim lands be a worshiping, praying, fasting church that produces leaders and sends them out as missionaries to plant the church in various parts of the world.

By faith I see, coming out of Islam, a church that, on the last day, will be like a chaste, beautiful bride presented to her Groom (2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 21:2).

Glory be to you, O God, in the Church and in Christ Jesus for all time and eternity! Amen.

PROMISE

I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations… you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere (Jeremiah 1:5; Acts 1:8, NLT).

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