Count the Cost of Discipleship

Friday, August 19, 2022

When Muslims come to Christ, few of them are prepared for the difficulties they will encounter on the road of discipleship. We need to pray that the Lord will help them to be prepared and that their spiritual mentors will teach them that there is a very high price to pay for belonging to Christ. Yet it is worth it. Grace is free, but following Jesus is very costly.

As a matter of fact, all believers need to be prepared for trials, suffering and persecution for the sake of Christ.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, time and again the Bible tells us that you warned your disciples about the difficulties they would encounter because of their faith in you (John 15:18-20; 16:1, 4, 33; etc.). I pray that Muslims who come to you will be taught to expect persecution.

I pray that they will memorize many Scriptures, so that when the time comes, and they are forbidden to take a Bible with them into prison, your Word hidden in their hearts will be a source of encouragement, joy and hope for them.

Help them, O God, to memorize hymns and songs that will enable them to keep praising the Lord and affirming His victory in the midst of hardships and distractions. Help them to give thanks and rejoice in all circumstances.

Teach them how to love their enemies, bless those who curse them, do good to those who hate them, and pray for those who spitefully use them and persecute them (Matthew 5:44-45).

Remind them that you bless them even when people hate them, ostracize, insult and slander them for your sake (Luke 6:22).

Promise

Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The Devil will throw some of you into prison and put you to the test. You will be persecuted for ten days. Remain faithful even when facing death, and I will give you the crown of life (Revelation 2:10, NLT).

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