Jericho March

Friday, September 11, 2015

A true but very subtle and discreet “Jericho march” takes place in Mecca around the Kaaba, the most important Muslim shrine. A few believers in Christ who have come out of Islam travel to Mecca during the hajj
season. They march around the Kaaba and claim it for the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ.

I have a friend, a believer in Jesus, who used to travel weekly from Jeddah to Mecca. During at least one hajj season he toured the Kaaba, praying and pleading with God to declare his glory to Muslims gathered there, to give freedom to the Gospel in Mecca, and to grant that the name of Jesus would be preached freely inside the Kaaba.

PRAYER

Almighty God, the only true God, worthy to be worshipped and adored, I tread here very cautiously. These brothers and sisters risk their lives to pray for the glory of Christ to be manifested. Multiply their numbers. Protect them and hedge around them with your angelic guard.

Answer their prayers and the prayers of many others who have been pleading at your throne of grace for decades. Open Mecca to the Gospel; dedicate the Kaaba for the preaching of the Truth. Our request may sound like an impossible dream, and for us it seems impossible. But we know that for you, all things are possible.

Father, by your divine power, tear down the walls that Satan has erected to keep people from hearing the Gospel. We look to the cross where Jesus died to redeem all, including Muslims. We draw our victory from Calvary. And we rest at your feet in faith with expectation.

For the glory of Jesus, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

PROMISE

I am about to hand Jericho, its king, and its warriors over to you (Joshua 6:2, GW).

Hisbah

Friday, September 4, 2015

Have you wondered why some Muslim fathers, brothers or cousins are ready to kill a woman in their own family? Here is the answer: The concept of hisbah in Islam teaches that God has appointed Muslim men to be judges over their family, friends and neighbors in order to insure that everyone adheres to the religion of Islam and complies with all its requirements (Quran  9:70; also 3:103). It is the duty of an entire Islamic community as well as its individual members to live out this assignment.

Hisbah is an Arabic word that means accountability. In hisbah, a person interferes in another individual’s personal life and forces him or her to adopt certain beliefs and behavior under penalty of death. Muhammad said: “Whoever sees an evil must change it with his hand [by using force]. If he cannot do so, then with his tongue [through teaching]. If he still cannot do so, then with his heart [through love and compassion], which is the weakest form of faith” (Hadith).

There are four elements in hisbah: the person who errs, the error, the person who performs the judgment, and the act of judgment. The many components of this procedure include the use of advice, harsh words, threats, isolation, beatings, physical violence, torture and finally killing (compare Romans 2:1).

PRAYER

Merciful and compassionate Father, you are long-suffering and full of love and grace. We are sinners. Without your grace, we would all be condemned and lost. Without the cross of Jesus, we would all be miserable and wretched!

Your Word tells us: “God alone… is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?” (James 4:12, NLT).

So today, I am bringing to you a people who see themselves as judges over others. Help them realize how you see them, and may they experience your free grace. Forgive them for their sin. Open their eyes so they can see and their ears so they can hear that God has come in Christ. He has visited us to redeem us and help us all.

Shower your blessings upon Muslims of every walk, of every conviction, and in every society.  Show them your face. Bring them to the cross. Fill them with your Holy Spirit. O Great Shepherd of the sheep, make them lie down in green pastures, lead them beside quiet waters and guide them in paths of righteousness. For your name’s sake, amen.

PROMISE

The LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us (Isaiah 33: 22,
NIV).

Hannah

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hannah had been married for some time, but she was unable to have children. She was barren. Her husband’s other wife ridiculed and belittled her. Though her husband loved her, Hannah felt unfulfilled, troubled and miserable (1 Samuel 1:1-8).

She believed in the Lord, in his mercy and in the power of prayer. So she took her problem to the throne of God and poured out her heart to him (1:9-11).

When God answered her and gave her a son, she was grateful and exalted the Lord with a beautiful prayer of praise. Her worship reveals great depth in her relationship with God and in her understanding of his ways and his dealings with humans (2:1-10).

She kept her word and fulfilled her promise to the Lord. She gave her only son to serve at God’s house. Since that place was far away, she saw her son only once a year (1:24-28). That was a great sacrifice on her part. But God repaid her five times (2:21). Yes, she gave birth to five more children!

PRAYER

Lord, may the women who come to Christ from Islam be like Hannah: prepared to invoke your name when persecuted by people and upset by circumstances. Help them to be ready to show great faith in Jesus and in the power of prayer in his mighty name.

Raise up for yourself, Almighty God, women in Muslim nations who acknowledge you as the source of every blessing and who dedicate their children to the service of Christ the King. May they withhold nothing from you, not even their most precious possessions. Give many of them children like Samuel: boys and girls who are sensitive to your voice when you speak, who listen and hear, who obey and walk in your ways, and who turn the hearts of people toward you, O God.

In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

PROMISE

When you started to pray, God answered you, and I came to tell you because he loves you (Daniel 9:23, Sharif Bible).

Friday, August 21, 2015

This week we pray about the Muslim concept of

TAQIYAH

The concept of Taqiyah allows Muslims to deceive non-Muslims. This word means to mislead, dissimulate or outwit. When a Muslim feels threatened because of his religious affiliation, he can hide the truth and deny anything that might incriminate him—even his faith!

Taqiyah is based on such quranic verses as the following: “Let not the believers take the disbelievers as supporters…except if you indeed fear a danger from them” (Quran 3:28, Noble Translation, p. 71).

Muslim commentators explain this verse as follows:

  1. “If you, Muslims, are under non-Muslim authority, and you fear for your safety, act as if you are loyal to those non-Muslims…while hiding inner hatred for them. God has forbidden believers to be friendly or on intimate terms with infidels—except when infidels are above you in authority.”
  2. “When a Muslim fears evil from non-Muslims, he may protect himself through outward show.”
  3. “Let us grin in some people’s faces while our hearts curse them.”

So Muslims can act like non-Muslims to protect themselves! For example, they can say they are Christians, while they are not!

PRAYER

Lord Christ, Light of the world, the way and the truth and the life, we worship and adore you. Our hearts groan for Muslims. They do not know you as the glorious Lord and loving Savior.

We are surprised that this teaching is part of their religion. We are tempted to condemn and despise them for holding onto a religious doctrine that sanctions deception. We repent and ask you to forgive us, Lord. Help us to have compassion toward Muslims and intercede for them.

Your Word says that you desire honesty, truth and integrity from the heart (Psalm 51:6). We pray for those who deceive others. Draw them to you. Show them your face. Cheer their hearts with your divine presence, and lead them by the hand to the cross. Shower your mercy upon them. Help them experience your grace.

When the time comes for believers from Islam to witness for you, fill them with courage they have never known before.  In Christ’s name I pray.

PROMISE

If you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth
will set you free (John 8:31-32, GW).

Friday, August 14, 2015

This week we pray for many in the Muslim world to be like

THE WIDOW IN ZAREPHATH

God sent the prophet Elijah to a widow in Zarephath in the country of Sidon. That entire nation worshipped Baal. But a beautiful surprise was awaiting Elijah!  When he met the widow, she immediately let him know that she believed in Jehovah, the God of Israel, the only true God! Today that would be like a preacher of the Gospel who goes to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and meets a local person there who worships Christ! Elijah must have been happily shocked!

In our day, this story is multiplied many times over.  God’s Spirit is drawing to Christ people who live in societies that are hostile to the Gospel.

PRAYER

Blessed are you, Lord God, for ever and ever. You alone are God. You are the King of kings and Lord of lords. We praise your most holy name for what you are doing by the power of your Spirit.

We know that, because of your power and authority, there was an Abraham in the city of Ur (Genesis 11:31), a Joseph in Potiphar’s house (Genesis 39:1-6), a Moses in Midian (Exodus 3:1), an Obadiah in King Ahab’s palace (1 Kings 18:3-13), a Nehemiah as the king’s cupbearer (Nehemiah 1:11), an Esther as queen of Persia (Esther 2:15-18), a Nicodemus in the Sanhedrin (John 3:1; 7:50), a Cornelius in the Roman army (Acts 10:1-2); and there were saints in Caesar’s palace (Philippians 4:22)! All these people worshipped you, the true God, in the midst of societies that did not acknowledge you and were often hostile towards you!

We pray for a special visitation by your Spirit to Muslims from all walks of life. Lead them to the cross of Calvary. May they be like the widow in Zarephath, ready to declare that they worship God and adore Christ his Son, even in the midst of antagonistic societies. As a saint of generations past prayed, “May Messiah’s Kingdom come to the overthrow of her that sits on the Seven Hills and to the eternal waning of Mohammed’s moon, to the overthrow of every idol, that Christ alone may reign.”

Yours, Lord, are the greatness and the power and majesty for ever and ever. Amen.

PROMISE

He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things (Psalm 107:9, NIV).

I’ve kept 7,000 people for myself who have not knelt to worship Baal (Romans 11:4, GW).

Friday, August 7, 2015

This week we pray about Islam’s rejection of the concept of

GOD OUR FATHER

No prophet or priest, king or great leader has ever told us to dare to address God as our Father, except Jesus!  He is the only One who has taught us to call God, our Maker and Creator, Father.

In the Old Testament, that relationship is mentioned only a few times (for example, Exodus 4:22-23; 2 Samuel 7:14). But in the gospels, it is mentioned 165 times. 

Jesus wanted to instill in us how important God’s fatherhood is.  It is not a mere creed. It is a relationship that is central to our new life in Christ and essential in our worship to him.

Muslims totally reject that notion and consider it blasphemous.

PRAYER

God our Father, praise and honor and glory and power to you (Revelation 5:13). We were lost in sin, without hope and without God, but Christ made us members of God’s family (Ephesians 2:12, 19). Hallelujah! We are God’s children (1 John 3:1-2).

What a blessing to come to you, King of kings and Lord of lords, the King eternal, immortal, invisible, and call you “Father”! Thank you for accepting us, transforming us and adopting us.

I pray that you will help Muslims put their faith in Jesus and experience your love and compassion. You are waiting for them to come in repentance and faith and accept your only Son. You are ready to change them and make them your children.

Help us all, Lord God, to honor you, to live, act and talk as is fit for your children. In the precious name of our Lord and Savior. Amen.

PROMISE

You are my father, my God, my rock where I find safety (Psalm 89:26, REB).

Friday, July 31, 2015

This week we pray for every

“CORNELIUS” IN THE MUSLIM WORLD

I believe that the Holy Spirit is preparing many Muslims to receive Christ. Even before Peter saw a vision that opened his heart to minister to Gentiles, an angel visited Cornelius and told him to send for Peter (Acts 10:3-5). Even before God told Elijah to go to Zarephath, he commanded a widow in that town to receive the prophet and feed him (1 Kings 17:8-9).

Peter arrived at a Gentile home that was ready and ripe to receive Christ! Elijah arrived at a Gentile home that was ready to acknowledge that Yahweh, the God of Israel, lives!

Many Muslims are having visions and dreams of and about Jesus. They are ready to accept the Gospel. That’s what happened with my friend Tariq. It also happened with Tawfik and Omar and many others.

PRAYER

Almighty God, Maker of all people, you love us all. You planned redemption for all. You are the only true Lord and Savior. We worship and bless you. Help me to hear the cry of millions of Muslims begging us: “Come over… and help us” (Acts 16:9). Lead me to someone who is searching for the truth. Yes, send me, Lord, to a needy Muslim today. Prepare that person. May I speak to him or her words that will lead them to salvation (Acts 11:14). May I minister your Word and your grace and love to that soul. I pray that when I open my mouth, he or she will take note that “I have been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). I am asking this for your glory.

For the sake of Christ, our Redeemer, show them your favor, forgive their sins, heal their diseases, keep them from eternal death, and crown them with your mercy and love. Bring them into your Kingdom. Fill them with your Holy Spirit. May they in turn bring many souls to salvation.

In the precious name of your Son, my Lord Jesus. Amen.

PROMISE

The heir to David’s throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hope on him (Romans 15:12, NLT).