In Muslim Countries
Friday, August 26, 2022
Church leaders in Muslim countries face issues, problems and attacks from the enemy that differ somewhat from those experienced by leaders in other situations.
To illustrate, here are a few examples:
- Church leaders in Muslim countries have to determine whether a new contact or visitor in a meeting is an honest seeker or a spy trying to destroy the group.
- They have to counsel new believers and prepare them for certain persecution, mistreatment and possible imprisonment for their faith.
- They have to prepare new believers to withstand the relentless attacks against the Bible and Christianity.
Christ our Lord, you are the Savior of the Church, her Head and Sovereign. I pray for a special blessing upon the leaders of your Church in Islamic lands. You have called them and appointed them to be shepherds of the flock. May they care for the people entrusted to them and watch over them willingly.
Help them to live a consistent and blameless life that is Christlike. May they be a shining light never clouded over by sin, culture, or system.
I pray that you will guard and protect them; make your face shine upon them and be gracious to them (Numbers 6:25).
Help them to serve with excellence under the King of all kings. May they never accept mediocrity in what they are or do. Animate them with passion, ardor, and enthusiasm. Help them to lead by good example, to be ever fervent in prayer, ever zealous for the name of Jesus, and ever effective in bringing the lost to God’s Kingdom.
Help them manifest the love of God, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
For your glory I pray. Amen.
When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away (1 Peter 5:4, NIV).