The Islamic System

Friday, July 19, 2019

Islam claims that it is the final and ultimate revelation from God to man. It maintains that the Quran came to abrogate and annul all divine books that preceded it. Muslims believe that Muhammad was the last messenger sent from God.

Islam sees the Christian Church as an affront to its system and Christian world missions as an outrageous, audacious attack against the best of all religions. Simply, Muslims view Christian evangelization as a fanatic plot against the progress of Islam to convert the world to the religion of Muhammad.

Prayer

Almighty God, you love Muslims and care for them. That is why I pray for the Islamic system to open up to accept the claims of Christ, the hope of man and the only Savior and Lord. In the name of Jesus, I bind satanic powers that hold sway over this system and hinder its people from accepting Christ as the only Redeemer from sin.

I pray for the guardians of the Islamic system and for its perpetuators—government and private agencies in charge of supporting and promoting religion, Islamic associations, missions agencies, religious endowments, and various hierarchies. May many representatives of these agencies believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and take him as their refuge and shelter.

Promise

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, NIV).

Islamic Banks

Friday, July 12, 2019

Islamic banks do business according to the guidelines of Islamic law (Sharia). That law does not allow for interest of any kind on loans. Further, investments are to be made only in goods considered permissible by Islam (halal). For example, they do not invest in alcohol or pork products or gambling.

Islamic banks have the same goal as all other banks: they want to make a profit. So, how do they do that? They change words used in the financial industry in order to avoid their religious prohibitions! Accordingly, instead of lending money and collecting interest on it, they “rent” the money and collect “rent” on it! Instead of collecting interest for credit card purchases, they collect “penalties” for not paying the full balance immediately!

When you plan to buy a home, you need a mortgage. If you go to an Islamic bank, the bank buys the house from the original owner and turns around and sells it to you at a profit. Then they let you pay the price in monthly installments!

Each Islamic bank has a board of Muslim scholars to make sure that transactions comply with the rules of religious law.

Prayer

O the depth of your riches and wisdom and knowledge, Lord God! How unsearchable are your judgments and how inscrutable your ways! (Romans 11:33).

You care for all peoples, tribes and nations. You know about the exponential growth of the Islamic financial industry around the world. You also know that fanatic fundamentalist beliefs initiated these banks, and that the incredible income from oil has nurtured and amplified their success.

I pray for the owners of these banks, for their employees and workers, for shareholders, investors and borrowers. Bless them by leading them to the knowledge of Christ the Lord and Redeemer of all humankind. May they confess Jesus as their Lord and King. Help them dedicate their lives and talents to the cause of the Gospel of grace and love.

I pray for the scholars on the Sharia boards of these banks. Bring them to Calvary to see Jesus who gave himself to save humans from sin. In his name I pray. Amen.

Promise

Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones (Proverbs 3:7-8, NLT).

The Black Stone

In Mecca

Friday, July 5, 2019

Embedded in the eastern wall of the Kaaba in Mecca is a black stone that is about ten inches across and twelve inches high in a silver frame. This black stone was worshipped by pre-Islamic Meccans for many generations. Muslims believe that it descended from heaven. It is very possibly a meteorite. In some cultures, the worship of meteorites was not unusual. It seems that the Ephesians in Paul’s time also believed that a meteorite (the goddess Artemis) had come to them from heaven (Acts 19:23-36).

When Muhammad conquered Mecca and took over the Kaaba, he destroyed all the stones and gods that his compatriots had been worshipping for centuries, except for the Black Stone which he kept.

Muslims believe that when the Black Stone came down from heaven it was white, but over time, it became black because it absorbed the sins of the pilgrims who touched it. Actually, this change is consistent with known meteorites, which are white, but change colors over time as they oxidize.

Today, as Muslim pilgrims go around the Kaaba, they try to touch or kiss the Black Stone if they are able to get close to it. This veneration borders on worship.

Prayer

Holy God, the only One worthy to be worshipped and adored, Muslims refuse to listen to your Word; they stubbornly follow their own ideas and attempt to touch a stone to receive remission of sins! They have not accepted God’s way to receive his approval, and they try to set up their own way to get it (Romans 10:3; Jeremiah 13:10).

I cry out to you; pour out your mercy on them this week. Forgive them for this heinous sin, and help them understand that they can receive forgiveness only through the cross of your Holy Son. Yes, only by the precious blood of Christ, the Lamb without blemish or defect, are we saved (I Peter 1:18-20).

Forgive Muslims for rejecting the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:20), to believe in a lifeless black stone. For them, Jesus is a “stumbling block, a rock of offense” (Isaiah 8:14), while they build their hopes on a legend.

May they come to Jesus to receive pardon, healing and wholeness. May they set their eyes on him alone, the source and goal of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). May they become living stones in your majestic edifice of believers. In Christ’s precious name. Amen.

Promise

The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin (1 John 1:7, NIV).

Live By the Spirit

Friday, June 28, 2019

Only the Spirit of the living God can enable Muslims who place their faith in Christ live a victorious life. This dependence on the Holy Spirit is totally new for people who have spent their whole life trying to conform to the law, which in this case is the Islamic law. Islam, through rules and laws, regulates the details of everyday life, from how to pray, to how to eat, and even how to go to the bathroom. There are also rules that cover marital relations.

Prayer

Almighty God, you who liberate people from sin and from slavery to the law, I give you glory for your love and compassion. You knew, Lord, that people would not be able to please you by following rules and regulations. So you set believers free from all these through Christ’s death on the cross. What a joy it is to live for you! It is a victorious life through the power of the Holy Spirit.

I pray that Muslims will turn to you, the fountain of life-giving water. You satisfy the thirsty, you fill the hungry with good things. You break the chains of enslavement, you shatter bronze gates, you cut through iron bars (Jeremiah 2:13; Psalm 107:9, 14, 16).

I pray for Muslims who have committed their life to you through Christ your Son. In the past, they tried to please you by doing good deeds, following religious precepts and obeying commands. But now, help them live in the Spirit and depend on you for victory rather than on the “works of the flesh.” May they live by faith in the Son of God, who loved them and gave his life for them (Galatians 2:20).

Help them hold on to Christ who has set them free. May they stand strong in that freedom and never again become slaves to the law (Galatians 5:1).

In the precious name of the One who died for us. Amen.

Promise

Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature…. If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law (Galatians 5: 16, 18, NIV).

Vision for the Church

Regarding Muslims

Friday, June 21, 2019

Vision has its source in faith. By faith we see what does not exist but can exist. A dream can be realized by faith.

Although we are seeing a great harvest in missions work, the Church needs a fresh vision regarding Islam and the Muslim world. Our strategies, our great missionary tools and our intelligent methods will not suffice. They can never substitute for having a vision from heaven! Nothing can replace a God-given vision to bring Muslims to the Kingdom.

We need to have our spiritual eyes opened. We need a new revelation from God concerning his desire for Muslims and what he wants us to do to rescue the perishing and care for the dying.

Prayer

Most High God, our Heavenly Father, sharpen your Church’s spiritual perception. Open our eyes to see what others cannot see: that Muslims are coming and will come to Jesus by faith. May the Church catch a vision of the things you have in store for Muslims. Help us to see the fields as you see them, ripe and white and ready for harvest. May your Holy Spirit come upon us with power. May our young people see visions and old people have dreams—heaven-sent, Christ-centered dreams and visions (Acts 2:17).

Almighty God, awaken the Church out of her slumber to march forward and claim the lands you promised her! May she honor you by taking possession of this last frontier in missions. We ask you to bless us by allowing us to be part of the great ingathering of precious souls into the Kingdom of Christ. May Muslims come to you by the millions and sing praises to Jesus the victorious Redeemer, Savior and King!

In his name, by your Spirit, for your glory I pray. Amen.

Promise

The LORD confides his purposes to those who fear him; his covenant is for their instruction (Psalm 25:14, REB).

Gifts of the Spirit

To Operate in the Assemblies of Muslim Believers

Friday, June 14, 2019

At the cross, Jesus triumphed over Satan. Christ died to save us, then rose again and ascended to heaven. From there, he sent the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to his Church (Acts 2). Through the Spirit, Jesus provides us with many gifts (Ephesians 4:8). These are part of the glorious blessings he equips us with to minister, to build up the Church, the body of Christ, to be strong and mature and reach the complete measure of spiritual life he intended for us (Ephesians 4:12-13).

We have faith in God that his Church among Muslims will be the salt of the earth, the light of the world, and a city on a hill (Matthew 5:13-14). Whether it is a church meeting in secret or in public, whether the assembly has two or three believers or hundreds and thousands, God will equip it with the gifts of the Spirit. And that is our prayer this week (read 1 Corinthians 12-14).

Prayer

Almighty God, draw Muslims to yourself; manifest in them your deep, sacrificial love and mighty power. Help me pray for them according to your will.

Your name is holy. You do great things; your mercy is from generation to generation toward those who fear you. You manifest the strength of your arm…. You fill the hungry with good things (Luke 1:49-53). I pray that you will put in the hearts of millions of Muslims a hunger and a thirst to seek you, to open their souls to Christ the Lord and receive the treasures you have for them. Fill them with your Holy Spirit. Grant them powerful manifestations and workings of the Spirit.

May your great glory be manifested in churches made up of Muslims who have been set free from Islam through the power of Jesus.

Glory, splendor, majesty and power belong to you, dear Father. I ask all this, not in my own authority; I have none. Rather, I come before you in the authority of Jesus, your Son, who gives me access to your throne through his cross. Amen.

Promise

To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7, NIV).

Holy Spirit

Friday, June 7, 2019

Before Jesus ascended to the Father, he promised to send the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and Guide who would empower us to witness for him. That promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost. This weekend we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday to commemorate the gift of God’s Spirit to the Church. Only the power of the Holy Spirit can draw people to Christ and enable believers to achieve great things in everyday life, in evangelism and in missions.

Over the centuries, the Holy Spirit has used miracles, visions, and dreams to reveal Christ to many Muslims in different parts of the world. The great influx of Muslims coming to Christ in Indonesia in the 1960s and 1970s, and presently in some parts of Africa, can be attributed mainly to the powerful work of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer

O God the Holy Spirit, come upon Muslim converts to Christ, and fill them with your power and presence. Fulfill to them Jesus’ promise of Pentecost. Holy Spirit, sanctify them, guide them to the truth, and help them lead a victorious Christian life. The environment that surrounds them is very hostile to the Gospel, and they need the fullness of the Spirit to persevere in their commitment to you.

Help them pray for others and intercede for the lost world. Inspire them with zeal and power to witness for Christ, spread the Gospel throughout the whole earth, and demonstrate God’s majesty through signs and wonders.

I pray that the time will come when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord’s glory as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Promise

I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions (Joel 2:28, NLT).