Friday, August 2, 2019
Nabal, a rich but foolish man, had a wise and deeply spiritual wife named Abigail. When David sent Nabal his greetings and asked for help from him, Nabal insulted David’s messengers and sent them away empty-handed. A servant told Abigail about the unhappy encounter. He knew that David would be furious and advised Abigail to do something to prevent certain disaster. Abigail lost no time. She took generous gifts to David and his men and interceded to stop them from taking vengeance on her husband Nabal and the entire household. Her courageous efforts warded off a calamity. (Read the story in 1 Samuel 25.)
There are many women in Muslim families who have accepted Christ quietly and live courageously for him. Some of them have told their husbands and families about their faith in Christ. We need to pray for them and ask God to multiply and protect such wise women.
Glorious and Almighty God, our Maker and Redeemer, we ask you to raise up thousands of Abigails in the Muslim world. By the power of your Spirit, cause many women to put their faith in Christ the Savior.
Give them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know you better. Flood their hearts with the light of Christ, so they may understand the confident hope you give your children. May they realize that they are indeed your precious daughters, your glorious inheritance, and that you take pride in them!
Teach them your precepts so they can raise families who fear God and love Christ and live for him.
Turn them into mighty intercessors who prevail in prayer on behalf of their husbands, children and families.
In the precious name of Christ, our Lord who was raised from the dead, and who is sitting on his throne far above all government and authority, all power and dominion, and any title of sovereignty that commands allegiance, not only in this age but also in the age to come (Ephesians 1:21). Amen.
Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today…. Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request (1 Samuel 25: 32, 35, NIV).