Finish Well

Friday, December 27, 2019

We have come to the end of the year. How have we used the fleeting time? What does the coming year hold for us and how will it unfold? It is true that some of us will reach the end of our pilgrimage on earth and be called home. Others, however, will continue to have duties and responsibilities ahead of them.

Whether we finish our journey sooner or later, we need God’s grace to do well and end our pilgrimage worshipping at the throne of Christ.


Glory and honor be to you, Almighty God, my loving Father! Blessed be your holy name. You have called me to follow Jesus as my Lord and Savior. What joy! What grace and mercy! What a privilege to finish this year as a child of the King, a servant of Christ—at peace with God, with people and with my conscience! You have carried me in your arms all along the way! Thank you.

When I finish my earthly pilgrimage, when the time comes for me to sign off and go to my eternal rest, I have one more request: Please, Lord, bring millions of people who still do not know you into your Kingdom. Through the power of the cross, free those oppressed by sin (Luke 4:18), rescue those who are perishing, and bring home the ones who are lost and wandering (Proverbs 24:11; Psalm 82:4). Open their spiritual eyes to see Jesus in his love and compassion. Help them put their trust in Christ, the Lord.

Equip your Church and give her the power to see the fulfillment of your plan of salvation for all people, including Muslims.

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13, NIV).



As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with your likeness when I awake. … God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (Psalm 17:15; Revelation 7:17, SAB).

God’s Incarnation

Friday, December 20, 2019

One of the major cornerstones of biblical Christianity is the doctrine of the incarnation, that is, God became man. This is the miracle of miracles, the most majestic of all events! Yet Muslims absolutely reject it. They totally oppose the doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ.

When Christians declare that Christ is God, Muslims misunderstand it to mean that Christians worship more than one God. To them, Jesus was only human and was a prophet like all other prophets.

Further, when followers of Christ say that Jesus is the Son of God, Muslims misunderstand that to mean that God, like humans, had relations with a woman and that Jesus is their son!


Amazing love! How can it be, that the majestic God, Maker of heavens and earth and King of all the universe, should come in the form of a man, a servant, to be “Immanuel—God with us” to redeem us!

Father in heaven, grant Muslims a special measure of your grace to accept the wonderful truth that Jesus Christ is God become man. Help them realize that this does not degrade or humiliate you; rather, this is the pinnacle of majesty. It is ultimate love and compassion. It is utmost sacrifice.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God and Lord of all, you are rich, but you became poor for our sake. May this truth shine forth into the souls of many Muslims this week. May they embrace you in their hearts with joy and gladness. May the Child who was born in a manger, the Lion of Judah, be crowned King and Master over the House of Islam! In his precious name I pray. Amen.


The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth…. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 1:14; 3:16, NIV).


Friday, December 13, 2019

He was from the royal family in Judah. When the Babylonian king defeated Jerusalem, Daniel was taken to Babylon as a captive (Daniel 1:1-6)[1]. There, he served in the royal court (2:49). When the Persians took over that kingdom, he was promoted to a very high position, second only to the king (6:3).

Even in his high position, he continued to be faithful to the Lord. His courageous testimony about his God to various kings indicates his commitment and determination. As he studied the Scriptures carefully (9:2), he realized his need to humble himself and seek God’s face in prayer and fasting. He pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his people and country (9:3ff).

This week we pray that the Lord will give his Church in Muslim lands men and women of God like Daniel—courageous, committed to the Lord, and ready to shoulder their responsibility.


Lord of all the universe, Master of history, God of the impossible, we dare to come into your throne room, because Jesus died and opened up the way for us.

O God of measureless grace, grant leaders like Daniel to your Church among Muslims. Teach them knowledge and good judgment as they learn your commands. Guide their steps by your Word. Keep them from being intimidated by the enemy or giving in to evil. Give them discernment and courage to challenge kings and rulers and bring honor to your name.

Fulfill your promise to them. Reveal your gracious plans to them.

Father, I stand in your holy presence and ask by faith, because Jesus my Lord sacrificed his blood for me. Amen.


The Lord… will grant you the desire of your heart, and fulfill all your purposes. We will shout, for you are victorious, and in the name of our God, we will raise our banner. God will grant you your every request (Psalm 20:4-5, SAB).


[1] All the references in this section are from the Book of Daniel.

God’s Call Regarding Muslims

Friday, December 6, 2019

Before ascending to heaven, Jesus instructed his followers to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). The call has been issued. The harvest is ready. Some Muslims are even searching for the truth. There is an air of expectation.

At the same time, I feel like the Lord is taking hold of the Church, shaking her and saying: Wake up, Church! You have a mission to carry out among Muslims, and you seem to be asleep. You need to rethink your responsibility toward Muslims. You need to reconsider your prayer life and your intercession for them. I am ready to do something unheard of, but you have a role to play… wake up!


Glorious Father, give the Church the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that she may know you better. 1.18 NIV Ephesians 1.May the eyes of her heart be enlightened so that she may know the hope to which you have called her (Ephesians 1:17-18).

May she take to heart the responsibility you entrusted to her to go to the whole world and preach the Gospel to all people (Mark 16:15). Give her love for Muslims. Help her know your purpose and will for them—that you so loved them that you gave your only Son to die for them. You do not want them to perish without Christ.

May she hear your voice saying, “wake up, wake up… put on your strength… put on your splendid garments!” (Isaiah 52:1).

Help the Church be willing to pay the price in prayer, fasting, giving and going! The harvest is white and ready to be gathered in.

Blessed be your holy name from everlasting to everlasting, O God, the only true God. By your Spirit I pray, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Don’t say you are too young, for you must go to everyone to whom I send you and say whatever I tell you. Don’t be afraid of the people, for I am with you and will protect you (Jeremiah 1:7-8, SAB).