Friday, September 28, 2018
Since ancient times, the Kurds have occupied an area northeast of Mesopotamia known as Kurdistan. However, that area today is divided among Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria. When the Church Council of Nicaea was held in A.D. 325, there were Christian representatives from the Kurdish region. That is the council that formulated the Nicene Creed.
Today, there are about 30 million Kurdish people. Most of them live in the countries mentioned above, while the rest are scattered throughout 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.
While most Kurds are Muslim, there is a religious tolerance among them that is rare among other Muslim groups. In fact, recently many Kurds have abandoned Islam to follow other religions.
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 in Christ among the Kurds, our spiritual brothers and sisters. Guard and keep them. Protect them from the assaults of the enemy that 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).