Friday, July 28, 2017
Abdel-Qader was a leader in a mosque in North Africa. His religious duties included leading Muslims in prayer and preaching to them on Fridays. When Jesus revealed himself to Abdel-Qader, he became a secret believer in Christ. Now he reads the Bible diligently and memorizes large parts of it!
How can he be baptized in water, partake of the Lord’s Supper and have fellowship with other believers? He does not know any other believers in his own town.
Abdel-Qader’s story is repeated over and over in Muslim countries around the world. Many Muslims who come to Christ feel very lonely because there are no churches or meetings they can attend.
This week we pray for these beloved, isolated believers.
Almighty God in heaven, you hear our prayers. Blessed are those who put their faith in you and follow Jesus, your Son, in spite of difficulties. O God, you are our only true shelter, refuge, rock and fortress. We depend on you.
We bring to you all those who have left Islam and now find themselves alone in communities very hostile to them. Listen to our cry, O Savior divine. Look upon them, Lord God, and be gracious to them, for they are alone, lonely, helpless and vulnerable (Psalm 25:16).
Nothing is impossible for you. By your Holy Spirit, you can bring others in those isolated places to put their faith in Christ and become true brothers and sisters, real family to lonely believers. May they realize that they are part of an incredible, worldwide mighty army: the Church, the body of Christ, the temple of the Holy Spirit, the house of God.
Encourage lonely believers in Christ and fill them with your presence. Show them your face and smile upon them.
In Jesus’ precious name I pray, amen.
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy (Psalm 68:5-6, NLT).