Rejected and Downcast

Friday, December 3, 2021

A great many Muslims are downtrodden and feel neglected and abandoned. They see no solution to their situation. Socially, they feel oppressed and demoralized and see no way out. Financially, they experience hunger and poverty while others around them bask in riches. Spiritually, and most importantly, they are poor and needy and to a large extent they do not know it!

Prayer

Compassionate God, full of mercy and grace, give me a tender heart toward those who feel unloved, lonely and forsaken. They “look for light, but all is darkness, look for bright skies but walk in gloom” (Isaiah 59:9-10).

They sometimes feel like broken vessels that cannot hold anything or be of any use. Yet your Word tells us that you choose to put some of your invaluable treasures in such vessels! It tells us also that you choose to use such containers as vessels of honor. All this is beyond our ability to fathom. O what measureless grace!

Divine Savior, you know what it is to be despised and rejected. Arise, LORD! Stretch forth your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless (Psalm 10:12). Reveal Jesus Christ to them in his love, compassion, humility, and sacrifice. He is the only One who can bind up their broken hearts.

And as with you, Lord Jesus, anoint me to proclaim the Good News to the poor. Send me to the brokenhearted to announce freedom to the captives, to declare that the blind will see, the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, and the time of the Lord’s favor has come—all by the power of the name of Jesus (Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-19).

May I be your hands extended today to touch someone and lift him or her up. In your mighty name I pray. Amen.

Promise

The poor and needy are seeking water, but find none. Their tongue is parched with thirst. I, God, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them… Our Lord upholds those who have fallen and lifts up those who are bowed down (Isaiah 41:17; Psalm 145:14, SAB).

Television Broadcasts to Muslims

Friday, November 26, 2021

As technology grows, so do ways to spread the Gospel into otherwise closed countries and homes.

Television by satellite and on the internet is a powerful tool to reach Muslims with the Good News. Whole families can be brought to the Kingdom as they sit in their own homes watching good Christian programs on television.

This is how Fatima a-Mutairi heard about Christ and how she read the gospels and gave her heart to Jesus. And all that in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, albeit secretly. Later her her brother killed her.

Prayer

God our Father, you are the God of all creation and creativity. You have given man the ability to develop satellites and television. Give your Church a wide range of opportunities to present to Muslims the Gospel of our Lord and Master on satellite television. Give your people wisdom to create Christian programs for television broadcasting that will speak to the heart and soul of Muslims, capture their attention, and bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Protect speakers from offering a watered-down message for the sake of staying on the air.

We pray for engineers, technicians and other workers. May they turn their skills and talents over to you so that they produce programs anointed with power by the Holy Spirit.

Promise

For he is the living God and he endures forever… He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth (Daniel 6:26,27).

Radio Broadcasts to Muslims

Friday, November 19, 2021

For decades, God has used the radio waves to reach out with the message of Christ to people in Russia, China, Muslim countries, and many other areas.

Since evangelizing Muslims is forbidden in their countries, such radio programs are considered illegal, and therefore there is no Gospel radio ministry to Muslims that originates inside a Muslim country.

Yet, Christian organizations broadcast the Gospel message from outside Muslim countries, and many many Muslims have accepted Christ in their hearts as they have listened to the message of the cross.

Furthermore, for many Muslim converts, Gospel radio programs are the only means of fellowship with other Christians.

Prayer

I pray for a special anointing on those who preach your Word over the radio waves. Anoint them to preach the full Gospel message clearly and powerfully.

I pray in the name of Jesus that thousands of new listeners will tune into Christian radio broadcasts this week. O Holy Spirit, transform their hearts. Cause them to confess their sins, repent of their ways, and surrender their lives to Christ, the Savior and Lord.

O Lord, through these broadcasts, comfort our brothers and sisters who have accepted you and who look forward to these times of fellowship and spiritual uplifting. Build up their faith and encourage them.

Promise

So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).

Prayer in Islam

Friday, November 12, 2021

Muslims are enjoined to pray five times a day. Before prayer they take off their shoes and wash certain parts of their bodies in order to be clean in the presence of God. This ritual is called ablution.

After washing they stand on a prayer rug and face Mecca and perform certain prescribed body movements and prostrations as they recite statements about God in Arabic. They commit these statements to memory at a young age. In other words, a Muslim’s prayers are not free conversations with God. According to Muslim belief, prayer is a good deed which gains a person favor and good standing with God.

Prayer

Father in heaven, I draw near to you, encouraged by your promise and knowing you hear and answer me. Thank you.

Lord Jesus, thank you for the benefits of the cross. You were “slain and with your blood you purchased people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). I pray for Muslim peoples all over the world. Grant them to open their spiritual eyes to see you in your love and sacrifice for them. Open their hearts to receive the benefits of the resurrected life.

Lord God, help Muslims understand that man cannot gain favor with you by performing religious duties or doing good, rather only through faith in Jesus Christ. May they realize that the only way to approach Almighty God is through Jesus Christ. He is the only one who cleanses us from sin.

I pray that many will find true freedom through the liberating power of Christ. May they find access to your throne through the finished work of the cross. May they sense your awesome and tender presence in their lives today.

According to the riches of your grace. Amen.

Promise

The Lord saw [their] bitter suffering… there was no one to help them. And it was not in his purpose to blot [their name] out… so he saved them… (2 Kings 14: 26-27, SAB).

Non-Arab Muslims in Arab Countries

Friday, November 5, 2021

There are many Muslims in Arab countries who are not of Arab stock. Examples are the Berbers in North Africa, the Kurds in the Middle East, Nubians in southern Egypt and northern Sudan, and so forth. These people are proud of their lineage, albeit despised by their Arab compatriots.

In recent years there has been a mighty move of God among some of these peoples. Many are coming to Christ. The underground Church is growing among them.

Prayer

We thank you Father for the many people in these groups who are accepting Christ as Lord and Savior. We pray that they will continue to be faithful to you. Give them, O Father, anointed leadership who will help in the gathering in and maturing of this vast harvest.

We pray for them to have courage. Bless their efforts to establish Bible schools and literature programs even in such hostile environments. Send them a mighty revival. Pour out your Holy Spirit on them.

Promise

God is mighty, but does not despise men…[he] gives the afflicted their rights (Job 36:5,6).

Rejoicing Over Muslims with Singing!

Friday, October 29, 2021

Unfathomable! Beyond any expectations! Yet, it is true: If you are living for Jesus, God rejoices over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).

Can this become the story of many Muslims who come to God through the cross of Jesus? Can God rejoice as Muslims put their faith in Jesus? Can God sing because of Muslims who receive eternal life in Christ? Yes! When we pray, God answers.

Prayer

Almighty God in heaven above, glory and honor, majesty and power belong to you. Indeed, we rejoice and delight greatly in you because you are our Savior. You saved us and dressed us in righteousness (Psalm 66:6; Isaiah 61:10; Luke 1:47; Philippians 4:4). You have written our names in heaven (Luke 10: 20).

We are humbled to know that you are happy with us. That is what your Word tells us, and we believe it.

May Muslims who have put their faith in Christ realize that they are children of the King. May their faith grow to know that God rejoices over them with joyful songs (Luke 15:10).

You, O Lord, rejoice and celebrate with loud singing, because Muslims are coming to Christ from east and west, north and south. They are putting their faith in the One who died for them and rose again victoriously.

That is overwhelming joy! Thank you. Amen.

Promise

“The Lord your God is with you…. He will take great delight in you… he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17, NIV).

Muslim Graves

Friday, October 22, 2021

Many years ago, Kamil Aietany, a Lebanese Muslim, put his faith in Jesus. He ministered Christ to other Muslims with a clear mind and a powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Kamil’s father was very upset because of his son’s conversion. The family and other Muslim acquaintances made plans to end his life to get rid of the one who had betrayed Islam After a meal one day, Kamil became extremely ill and died within hours. The brothers who had led him to Christ suggested an autopsy, but their request was refused. They also wanted to bury him in a Christian cemetery, but his body was quickly removed, and Kamil was buried the same day he died in a Muslim cemetery.

It does not really matter where a Christian believer is buried. When Christ comes from heaven with a loud command, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet call of God, the dead in Christ will rise (1 Thessalonians 4:16). I believe that many Muslims who gave their lives to Christ and became his followers like Kamil will rise from Muslim cemeteries because they placed their faith in Jesus.

Prayer

Our Father, Maker, and Redeemer, we worship and adore you. I ask you to fill me with a passion for the lost as you did for Kamil. Help me bring Muslims to your Kingdom.

In the mighty name of Jesus, I ask you to break the fanatic spirit of Islam. Help many Muslims this week seek your face and receive freedom and forgiveness through Christ our Lord. May they place their faith and trust in you and give themselves totally to the Savior, no matter what it costs. Prepare them to answer their persecutors and abusers. Strengthen them as they experience the cruelty and brutality of the society and authorities. Be with those who will give their lives for your sake and for your glory.

When we meet Jesus in the clouds, what a surprise awaits us! We will see believers in Jesus come from Muslim graves in triumph, glory and splendor.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Promise

We believe that Jesus died and rose again; so too will God bring those who died as Christians to be with Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:14, REB).

Mosques to Preach Christ

Friday, October 15, 2021

As we trust God for feats that are humanly impossible, he honors our faith in him. The purpose of our prayer this week is to see Muslims by the tens of thousands come to the Kingdom of God, so they can be set free from sin and experience joy and life in Christ.

Over the past several centuries many churches in the Middle East, Turkey, and North Africa have been turned into mosques. Today in the West, Muslims have taken over vacant church buildings and turned them into Islamic centers and mosques.

We, however, as believers in Christ, are concerned about more than mere walls of stone. We do not seek to defeat Muslims or take over their properties; rather, we want to see the glory of the name of Jesus manifested through their lives transformed by the Gospel.

Prayer

Lord God, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below. You do not live in places built by human hands. Heaven itself, the highest heaven, cannot contain you; how much less churches and mosques that humans build (1 Kings 8:23-27)! We pray that Christ will be proclaimed freely, publicly and powerfully in mosques and Islamic places of worship around the world. Our desire is not to take over these places. We are asking you to cause Muslims to come and worship you in the name of Jesus of their own accord and free will in the places they themselves have built.

I pray that people will be saved in mosques and set free from sin and the bondage of Satan. May divine healings and miraculous acts take place in the name of Jesus in those places of worship.

O Lord my God, attend to the prayer and the supplication of your servant; listen to the cry and prayer which your servant makes before you this day. May your eyes ever be on these buildings to turn them into places where the name that is above every name will be honored and worshipped (1 Kings 8:28-29).

Promise

God is able to accomplish far more than we might ask or imagine, according to his power at work in us. Glory be to him in the community of believers, and through Jesus Christ in all ages for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21, SAB).

Mormonism and Islam

Friday, October 8, 2021

Mormonism was conceived by Joseph Smith about 1200 years after Muhammad founded Islam. But there are startling similarities between the two religions.

Both claim they are based on revelation that an angel brought to a man. Both have a holy book that they believe is written on mysterious golden plates stored in heaven. Both have sacred stones. Both believe that biblical Christianity is corrupt, reject the doctrine of the Trinity, refuse the doctrine of original sin, and believe that one must do good deeds in order to receive forgiveness. In Islam, it is a crime to question matters of religion. In Mormonism, it is sin to do so. Both religions have a very brief confession of faith. The early Mormon practice of having many wives is a reminder of the multiple wives in Islam. Both Muhammad and Joseph Smith claimed to be the final prophet. In Islam, religious leaders are trained not to think for themselves or ponder issues that might deviate from the accepted norms of their religion. In Mormonism, the same is true. And the list of similarities goes on.[1]

Prayer

You alone, O holy God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—deserve our worship. We in no way see ourselves as superior to these people. Without you, we would be as lost as they are. Yet, we come to you because your Word tells us they are separated from Jesus, the only Savior. In the confusing darkness of the night, they have taken the wrong road.

Have mercy on them and bring them to Christ Jesus. He alone is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the only One who can give them hope and joy.

May they receive, through Christ the Lord, forgiveness of sin, a new relationship with you, Father, and assurance of eternal life. Remind them to refuse any gospel other than the one recorded in your holy Word, even if an angel from heaven were to preach it (Galatians 1:8).

Endow us with power, knowledge and courage to bring them to the cross of Calvary, by your Holy Spirit. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.

Promise

Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls (Jeremiah 6:16, NLT).

Footnotes

[1] I have in my library a 3-volume, 1400 pages, copious comparison between Muhammad and Joseph Smith compiled by a friend.

Francis of Assisi

Friday, October 1, 2021

Francis was born in Italy in 1180 to a rich family. His father was a cloth merchant. In his youth, Francis lived in luxury and dissipation. But captivity in war and illness caused the young man to realize that life was empty and fleeting. So, he decided to heed what Jesus said to the rich man, “Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” (Luke 18:22, NLT).

Francis consequently donned a poor man’s clothing. He founded three orders of friars, and later traveled to the Holy Land, where he witnessed and preached with great courage to the Muslim ruler Sultan al-Kamil.

Prayer

Holy, holy, holy are you Lord, God Almighty, the One who always was, and who is, and who is still to come! (Revelation 4:8). Thank you for the life and legacy of this great man. I ask you to give me the grace and sensitivity to hear your voice speaking to me. I pray for courage to obey and follow your direction.

When Francis heeded your Word, he abandoned earthly comfort and gave himself totally to your service. Help me, Lord, to honor you above all worldly attachments.

When Francis witnessed the bloodshed of the Crusades, he realized that Muslims can be won to Christ only by the power of the Word of God. Help me too, O Lord, to understand the power and importance of your Word and use it to win Muslims to Christ.

As I close this supplication, I draw on one of Francis’s prayers:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy. Amen.

Promise

When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The LORD your God, who brought you safely out of Egypt, is with you! (Deuteronomy 20:1, NLT).