Friday, January 20, 2023
Jesus promised us, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18, NIV). In ancient times, a town gate served as a place where the elders of the town would meet to administer the affairs of their community (Genesis 19:1; 23:10; Ruth 4:1). The gates of Hades are where the enemy gathers his demonic spirits to formulate their plans against God’s people. We are claiming Jesus’ promise that the church among Muslims will be victorious and Satan’s plots against her will never succeed.
Wahiba is a Muslim who has put her faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. She has been diagnosed with advanced cancer. Her Muslim sister tried to convince Wahiba to allow her to approach spiritists to heal her. But Wahiba is a determined, strong Christian. She refused that absolutely. She told her sister that she will trust only Jesus to heal her.
May the Lord God raise among Muslims strong groups of believers like Wahiba.
Great God in heaven, blessed be your holy name forever and ever. You are Almighty. You are our strong tower. In weakness we come to you, asking for a mighty triumphant church among Muslims. We thank you for the many Muslims coming to Christ in our time. But we realize that believers there need vibrant communities that are Spirit-filled, Christ-centered, Bible-based, and culturally relevant. I pray that such communities will spring up in every Muslim society as a witness to your glory and might.
Give the leaders and members of such groups wisdom, knowledge, understanding and discernment. Fill them with perseverance and courage. Reveal to them the deep mysteries you have in store for your children. Arm them with power and stamina to resist the enemy and do battle as is fit of soldiers of the cross.
In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
No weapon forged against you will prevail… (Isaiah 54:17, NIV).
 Gates of Hades or powers of death.