Friday, July 21, 2017
Since ancient times, the Kurds or Kurdish people have occupied the area northeast of Mesopotamia known as Kurdistan. However, that area today is divided among Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria.
There are about 30 million Kurdish people. Most of them live in the countries mentioned above, while the rest are scattered in Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world. For many decades, they have been struggling to unify their homeland and gain independence and identity.
Most Kurds are Muslim. However, because of the brutal violence they have witnessed in Islam, many Kurds have recently abandoned Islam to follow other religions, especially Zoroastrianism.
Heavenly Father, I intercede for the Kurdish people. Send the light of your Son, Jesus our Lord, to shine in the hearts of millions of Kurds. Open their hearts to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
O Lord Jesus, Lord of the harvest, I ask you to send Gospel workers to the Kurds. Call many believers to share the Good News with these people. I pray also for the missionaries, pastors and evangelists who are serving there now. Pour out your Holy Spirit on them, and enable them to be effective witnesses. Protect their families and encourage them.
I pray for our fellow believers among the Kurds, our brothers and sisters in Christ. Guard and keep them. Protect them from the assault of the enemy who tries to inflict disease, strife, loss, sin and suffering.
Alleviate the suffering of the Kurdish people. As they endure mistreatment and persecution from their fellow humans and coreligionists, reveal yourself to them in your compassion, love and care.
In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it (Numbers 13:30, NIV).