Friday, June 16, 2017
He started out as a “nobody”: he was raised in a home that worshipped other gods (Judges 6: 25-27), in a nation that had gone away from the true God (Judges 6:1), and was living through dire economic and social conditions (Judges 6: 2-6).
Does this sound like the story of many Muslims today? For Gideon, God intervened in his life: he spoke to him, changed his heart, and called him to serve him. The reticent young man who had once lacked self-esteem became a four-star general and the commander in chief of the Lord’s armies! The victory he and his forces won brought deliverance for the whole nation (read Judges 6-7).
O God, glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to give your church among Muslims leaders like Gideon: men and women who trust you as Gideon did, believe your promises, receive anointing and empowering from you, obey your call, watch for signs from you and act with courage.
Give church leaders spiritual wisdom and insight so they might grow in the knowledge of God. I pray that their spiritual eyes may be enlightened. Help them know the hope to which you call them (Ephesians 1:18).
Hedge around them on every side, protect them and their families, and bless the work of their hands (Job 1:10).
May the banner of Christ be lifted high over all the Muslim world. May the righteousness of God rule in the hearts of Muslims. Amen.
The LORD is with you, mighty warrior. …Go with the strength you have, and save [your people]. I am sending you (Judges 6:12, 14, SAB).