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Project Prayer: Ramadan 2011

 

DAY 1: Introduction

Throughout the month of August, many will be praying for the world’s Muslim nations. Please join Climbing For Christ and other Christians around the world for this focused prayer effort. We will especially be praying for our Christian brethren and our Muslim neighbors in areas in which C4C is working and has members.

But why August? In August, Muslims all around the world celebrate and participate in Ramadan. Ramadan is a very holy and special time for Muslims all over the world. During this 30-day period, they seek to purify their souls in hopes that their god, Allah, would be more merciful and attentive to their prayers. One of the main ways they accomplish this is through fasting from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan is a time when Muslims especially need our prayers as they seek purity and spiritual growth. It’s possible that during this time they might be more sensitive to God’s Spirit and have their eyes opened to the full truth of Isa (Jesus), especially if we are praying on their behalf. Muslims do believe in Jesus as a prophet, but not that He is the Son of God who died to take away the sins of the world.

Please join us in prayer! You can start by praying for yourself and other Christians. Pray that the Lord would give us wisdom, boldness and most importantly love as we pray for those living in Muslim nations. Pray that the Lord would keep us from the schemes of the enemy, who doesn’t want us to pray for these people. Pray for the Christians who currently live in these often times hostile countries where it is dangerous to be a follower of Jesus. Pray that the Lord would use this month, when so many Christians are coming together on behalf of Muslims, to save many! May our gracious and merciful God soften and open the hearts of many Muslims this month; to turn from evil and do good; to pursue the peace with God that can only come through believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior!

“He who would love life and see good days… let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers… and who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed.” — 1 Peter 3:10-14

— Jordan Rowley, C4C Spiritual Cooordinator
Posted Aug. 1, 2011


 

DAY 2: The challenge

Many of the Muslim nations we’ll be praying for this month (as they celebrate Ramadan) are on the Open Doors list of the top 50 countries in which intense persecution of Christians exists. As you pray please keep in mind that coming to Jesus requires overcoming many challenges for anyone. This is especially true among those who live in these Muslim nations. For example:

Challenge 1: “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.” — Mark 4:3-4

The spiritual attack and darkness is very intense in some of these countries. Our adversary, the devil, seeks to divide, destroy and devour any and every individual or group who would stand up and stand out for Jesus. He uses many tactics to accomplish this. Like using government authorities to create and enforce laws against converting from or speaking out against Islam. He also uses demonically inspired individuals and organizations to persecute Christians and even those simply considering becoming Christians.

PRAY that the Lord would protect Muslims who are seeking a relationship with the true and living God. May the Lord not allow any weapon formed against them to prosper. May He shield them from attack and allow their faith to take root.

Challenge 2: “Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.” — Mark 4:5-6

The vast majority of our Muslim neighbors around the globe have been indoctrinated with Islam from birth. It’s very common for the first thing whispered into newborn babies ears be the “shahadah” — “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.” To turn from Islam is to turn from something that has been a large part of forming their basic morals, beliefs and world views.

PRAY that God would cause those seeds to grow strong roots that would break through the hardness of their hearts that have become stony from many years of false teachings. May the Lord open their eyes and soften their hearts to the falsehoods of what they have been taught; that they might exchange the lie they believe for the truth they need.

Challenge 3: “And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.” — Mark 4:7

Turning from Islam to Christianity amounts to treason in some of these Muslim nations. For example, for many in Iran to be Iranian is to be Muslim. The same is true even within communities and families. If one were to turn to Jesus, they would be seen as forsaking their country, their community, and in many cases their families.

PRAY that the Lord would give Muslim seekers strength to stand against the cares of this world. Jesus said that he who desires to save his life must lose it. May the Lord impress upon their hearts the need to count all things as loss and rubbish for the excellence of the knowledge of Jesus.

Challenge 4: “But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” — Mark 4:8

Every soul that comes to Christ must recognize their own sin and humbly acknowledge their inability to cleanse themselves of it. Muslims face this challenge just like everyone else. There are many in Muslim nations (and many in the rest of the world), who are ready to hear and receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ; they just need someone to share it with them. This is a huge challenge in and of itself given that fact that many Muslim’s nations have only a very small percentage of Christians. Another factor that limits their opportunity to hear the Gospel is that only two percent of Protestant mission effort is focused on Muslims.

PRAY that the Lord would send more laborers into the harvest. The challenges are great; but our God is greater. May the Lord bless these Muslim nations with more and more of His witnesses who will boldly share the Gospel with those who have yet to hear.

“And He said to them 'He who has ears to hear, let him hear!'” — Mark 4:9

— Jordan Rowley, C4C Spiritual Cooordinator
Posted Aug. 2, 2011


 

DAY 3: Iran

No welcome mat here.

Standing on the Turkish side of the border with Iran in 2010, we looked into this scary, dark land and knew that one day Climbing For Christ would venture there. It has been on our radar since our original Mission: Vision was written in June 2004:

“Iran — Among the many unreached peoples are the partly nomadic Iranic Luri and Bakhtiari and the Turkic Qashqai who live in the Zagros Mountains.”

But Iran isn’t exactly inviting to Christians — or any outsiders, for that matter. Only North Korea is considered worse when it comes to persecution of Christians. And, as hikers Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd can attest, anyone from the West is perceived as an enemy of Iran’s strict authoritarian government.

(Bauer, Fattal and Shourd — all Americans — were arrested on July 31, 2009 while hiking in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, allegedly for straying across the Iranian border. They were accused of espionage and, more than two years later, Bauer and Fattal remain imprisoned. Shourd was released on Sept. 14, 2010 on humanitarian grounds after spending 410 days in solitary confinement. Bauer and Fattal appeared in court in Tehran on Sunday, July 31, and a verdict was expected within the week. That verdict was announced on Aug. 20. The two men were sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran for illegal entry and spying. Climbing For Christ continues to pray that Iranian government officials will free them, and that through this hardship Bauer and Fattal will have found spiritual freedom in Christ. Visit http://freethehikers.org/ to learn more.)

Iran is a religious dictatorship — an Islamic Republic led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — with a population of 74.2 million people. About 90 percent of Iranians follow Shi’a Islam, while the Kurdish and those in smaller tribes claim to be Sunni.

The majority of the population is under 30 and the people reportedly are disillusioned with their government in the wake of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s widely disputed 2009 re-election. Ahmadinejad is criticized for human rights violations. Iranians also are said to be disillusioned by the failure of the Islamic Revolution of 1979 to deliver on promises for more than 30 years.

Pray that those oppressed in Iran will find freedom through Jesus. “There is a great hunger for the Good News and for authentic spirituality,” according to Operation World. Pray also for doors to open for ministries such as ours to be able to cross Iran’s borders and deliver the Good News to those lost and hurting people.

— Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ
Posted Aug. 3, 2011 / Updated Aug. 20, 2011


 

DAY 4: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is the center of Islam, where the religion is woven into every aspect of society and government. The vast majority of Saudis are Sunni and have established significant control over their Shi’a brothers. Saudi Arabia practices the strictest form of Islam known as Wahhabism.

Of the five pillars of Islam — of which fasting during Ramadan is included — Muslims are encouraged to participate in the Hajj (the pilgrimage to the city of Mecca), which occurs during Ramadan. The Hajj represents the culmination of the Muslim's spiritual life. Mecca is considered the holiest of places for the Muslim as it the location of the Ka’abah — the center of the world according to Islamic scholars and the place where Muslims throughout the world face in prayer five times a day. The Ka'abah is considered to be a representation of the stone that Ibrahim placed with Ismail in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Pray for the people of Saudi Arabia. Pray for the Sunnis, that they will be kind to the Shi'as. Pray for the Muslims who have converted to Christianity — for their safety (as conversion to follow Christ is a mandated honor-killing via fatwas, the religious rulings concerning Islamic Law). Pray for the millions of Muslims who travel to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj — that their eyes would be open. Pray that when the Muslims kill thousands of animals for the atonement of their sins that their eyes would be open to the fact that Jesus was the final sacrifice. Pray for the funding that the Saudi Arabian government spends around the world to promote and spread Islam would be confused and ineffective. Pray that God will influence dreams, which are considered in high regard in Saudi Arabia, and direct Saudis to Him. Pray for Jesus' true character to be seen and felt in the kingdom — not just as a prophet, but God incarnate and the only Way to enter into salvation. Pray for the underground church and teachers and for the daily spiritual feeding of His people in this dark land.

— Anonymous C4C member in Saudi Arabia
Posted Aug. 4, 2011


 

DAY 5: Tanzania

A mosque in Moshi, where Climbing For Christ's missions to Kilimanjaro begin and end. The sign (a variation of the “shahadah”) reads: “None To Be Worshipped But Allah. Muhammad Is His Prophet.”

Muslims comprise approximately one-third of the nearly 44 million people living in Tanzania. The majority of the Islamic population is found along the costal trade routes from Tanga to Mtwara. But a considerable portion of the Muslim population is culturally Muslim, meaning they do not obey the obligations that the Qur’an demands of them and merely identify with their Islamic family roots.

Zanzibar Island is a major exception. It ranks 36th on the World Watch List of persecuted places in the world.

This is not to say that religion is unimportant elsewhere in Tanzania. Case in point: a Pew Global survey conducted a few years ago showed that approximately 93 percent of Tanzanians feel that religion is very important in their lives. The same inconsistency between faith and practices that is found elsewhere in the world can be found among Muslims in Tanzania.

Along with the cultural issues in the Islamic faith there is also a melding of many elements of the animistic traditions that were once widely practiced. Though Islam is on the rise in Tanzania, it is growing at a slower rate than Christianity.

Pray for continued peace in the Republic of Tanzania despite the growing tensions between Muslims and Christians in sub-Saharan countries. Pray that the Lord would call someone to be a full-time missionary of Climbing For Christ to Tanzania, particularly on and around Mount Kilimanjaro.

— Michael Heitland, member of Mission: Kilimanjaro 2011 team
Posted Aug. 5, 2011


 

DAY 6: Nigeria

Violence in the Muslim North has escalated since the May 29 inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian. The group behind most of Nigeria’s recent violence is known by several different names, including Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, its official Arabic name meaning “People committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad.” More commonly, it is called Boko Haram, a nickname that means “Western education is forbidden (or evil).” The group, founded in 2002 by religious teacher Mohammed Yusuf, seeks to establish Islam throughout Nigeria and to destroy the secular government.

Militants from the Boko Haram threw a bomb into the building of the All Christian Fellowship Mission church on July 10 as members were leaving a Sunday worship service, killing three Christians. The Rev. William Okoye lamented the lack of security in Nigeria and urged the government to halt the violence before it plunges the country into religious war, according to Open Doors ministry.

Open Doors reported that a former Boko Haram member, who has now become a Christian, testified that young people are lured into the sect with promises of lots of money. There are rituals conducted that are reminiscent of an occult group. “Once you join the group, it takes only the grace of God to come out of it,” he said. “It seems like you almost lose your will and ability to think, and you only do what you are told.”

Pray that plans for the Islamification of Nigeria would be aborted. Pray that targeted killings of Christians in their worship center by the members of Boko Haram would be averted. Pray for peace.

— Information provided by Pastor Chris Joseph, a C4C member in Nigeria; additional information from various ministry sources
Posted Aug. 6, 2011


 

DAY 7: Ethiopia

Ethiopia is an East African nation with a long and rich history. There are many things that make this country quite unique. For instance, its independence was maintained throughout European colonial rule of Africa. Another example of its uniqueness is that Ethiopia is believed to be one of the oldest known nations. Similarly it is said to be one of the oldest Christians nations as well.

However, one thing that does NOT make Ethiopia unique is the fact that it’s currently facing growing Islamic influence. According to Operation World, nearly 30 million souls are considered to be Muslim in this nation of 84 million people; and the number of Muslims is growing every day. Along with the ever-increasing impact and number of Muslims, radical Islamic violence is also on the rise in Ethiopia. Often, there are vicious and even murderous responses to Christian outreach among Muslims including homes and churches being burned down, as well as Christians being physically attacked and in many cases even killed. Ethiopia is currently ranked 43rd on the Open Doors World Watch List. Both Ethiopian Christians and Muslims need our prayers!

PRAY for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Ethiopia (many of whom are former Muslims). May the Lord give them boldness, wisdom and love for all of their neighbors.

PRAY that all Ethiopian Christians would shine God’s light, and share His life-giving Gospel with those whom the Lord places in their paths. May He use their witness in a powerful way.

PRAY that the Lord would call many of His servants to “arise” and “preach Jesus” to many Ethiopian Muslims just as He sent Philip to the Ethiopian as recorded in Acts 8. 

PRAY for Ethiopian Muslims. May the Lord do whatever is needed in each of their lives to bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus. May they declare, just as the Ethiopian said to Philip: “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:37).

— Jordan Rowley, C4C Spiritual Coordinator
Posted Aug. 7, 2011


 

DAY 8: Morocco

The indigenous Berber people of Morocco were nominally Christian before being conquered by Muslim Arabs in the 7th century. Despite being subdued for many, many generations the seed of Christianity remains. This country is 99.88 percent Muslim with perhaps 2,000 Christians among its population of nearly 33 million people.

We know from Scripture that seed that falls on good soil can produce a crop — 100, 60 or 30 times what was sown. “Whoever has ears, let them hear” (Matthew 13:8-9).

But the Gospel must be presented to many and Morocco is not open to Christian missionaries. More than 100 foreign Christians were deported in 2010, the result — some say — “of Muslim hardliners pressuring the nation’s royalty to show Islamic solidarity.”

Sunni Islam is the state religion and the indigenous Moroccan church is not accepted by the government. It is illegal to talk about Christ and house churches (there may be two dozen or more) are harassed and intimidated.

Pray for the church of Morocco to grow in the face of such difficulty. Pray that the Berber people, especially those in the Atlas Mountains, would be led back to the Jesus Whom they followed generations ago. Pray that doors would open to allow the Good News to be delivered.

— Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ
Posted Aug. 8, 2011


 

DAY 9: South Sudan

Happy one-month anniversary to the world’s newest nation!

South Sudan won its independence in voting by a landslide in January and on July 9 the succession from the north became official. The north is predominantly Arab and Muslim, while the south is essentially Christian and animist. The division — and the placement of borders — brought into question control of oil-rich land in a country where many people have been and are living without basic human necessities.

The Nuba Mountains are an area of particular concern. The people there were allies of those who achieved independence, but they are in Sudan — not the new South Sudan. One local pastor told Voice of the Martyrs on July 6: “The situation in Nuba Mountains is beyond imagination.” Another clergyman asked the United Nations on Aug. 6 to send peacekeeping forces to protect citizens. He alleged human rights violations, saying “something crucial is going on in the Nuba Mountains that the world needs to observe and address.”

Pray for protection for those living in the Nuba Mountains (reportedly as many as 200,000 people have been displaced by violence). Pray that God will end all contentions between the North and South so both countries can find a peaceful accord.

— Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ
Posted Aug. 9, 2011


 

DAY 10: Walking in Shadow


Walking In Shadow from AIM On-Field Media on Vimeo.

Posted Aug. 10, 2011


DAY 11: Grace and Truth (Part 1)

Jesus calls His followers to experience and live out the love of God. This love is made accessible to all people through Christ, who came to the world “full of grace and truth.” However, because of cultural differences, threats of terrorism and negative stereotypes of Muslims, many of God’s people shrink back from fulfilling Jesus’ command to love ALL people. Scripture teaches us how followers of Christ can interact with Muslims in a Christ-honoring fashion.

Today and tomorrow we will feature some Biblical guidelines toward Christ-like relationships with Muslims:

Be faithful to God’s Truth … the whole Truth — We seek to relate to Muslims on the basis of the core convictions of Christian faith, not by hiding or diminishing them. Relating to Muslims with respect, understanding and love includes bearing faithful witness to essential truths of the Gospel: Jesus is Lord, and forgiveness, salvation and eternal life are free gifts of God's grace available to any person through repentance and faith in Jesus' death and resurrection. We seek to obey the whole will of God, with its implications for every part of our lives in this world (see Matthew 22:37, 39; 28:20, and Micah 6:8).

Be Jesus-centered in our interaction — Our focus is Jesus because He is the essence of the Gospel. God has revealed Himself to us by taking human form. We say with Paul: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). We affirm a Jesus-centered approach to Muslims because it highlights the treasure of the Gospel. It does not confuse the Good News with Christendom, patriotism or our civilization. Jesus is our model, and we seek to embody His life in all we say and do.

Be wise in our words and witness — God’s Word calls us to share our faith wisely. “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity” (Colossians 4:5). What does wisdom look like in practice? “…the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness” (James 3:17-18).

Be respectful and bold in our witness — In the spirit of the Prince of Peace, a respectful witness focuses on giving a positive presentation of the Gospel. It does not attack the other or avoid presenting truth. As the apostle Peter says: “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). Numerous Biblical examples (i.e. Acts 4:31; 9:27-28; 13:46; 14:3; 17:30-31; 19:8) invite us to emulate the boldness of early believers in sharing the Good News. In obedience to the Scripture, we seek to be both respectful and bold in our witness.

— Provided by a C4C member from a Global Network of Christians who love Muslims and who live with and serve Muslims
Posted Aug. 11, 2011


 

DAY 12: Grace and Truth (Part 2)

More Biblical guidelines toward Christ-like relationships with Muslims:

Be prudent in our Google-ized world — In the past, when leaders in a religious community spoke, it was only heard by their own community. But today our words ricochet around the world. When we try to explain who we are, what we believe, what we do, and why we do it, our words may reach beyond our primary audience and enter the global marketplace of ideas. Words are powerful. Prudence is required. “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint” (Proverbs 17:27).

Be peaceable and uncompromising in our dialogue — Dialogue between Muslims and Christians provides us with opportunities to understand Muslims, build relationships, engage in peacemaking and share our faith. We seek to share the Gospel without compromise just as Paul “reasoned with” people (Acts 17:2, 17).

Be loving toward all — The world’s Muslims are our neighbors, as Jesus used the term (Luke 10:29-37). The command of God to his people stands for all time: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18; Luke 10:27b). How can a follower of Christ take seriously Jesus’ command to love our neighbor, and at the same time address the real threat of terrorism (by those who position themselves as our enemies)? Jesus’ teaching about loving our enemies (Luke 6:35) is among the most radical and most ignored commands in the Bible.

Both peacemakers and those who love their enemies are described as “sons [or daughters] of God” (Matthew 5:9, 44; Luke 6:35). They are called children of God because they are acting like their Father: the God of Peace (Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). In other words, peacemakers and those who love their enemies demonstrate their authenticity as children of God by their words and acts of peace. Jesus modeled this by loving us and laying down his life for us, “while we were enemies” (Romans 5:10; Colossians 1:21). Responding to enemies with self-giving, sacrificial love demonstrates the Gospel.

Conclusion: We have been entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19). The commission to “make disciples of all nations” has not been rescinded. Neither have the commands to demonstrate sacrificial love and to work toward peace. There is no separate Gospel for wartime and peacetime. The message of God’s love in Christ is for all times, places and peoples.

— Provided by a C4C member from a Global Network of Christians who love Muslims and who live with and serve Muslims
Posted Aug. 12, 2011


 

DAY 13: Bangladesh

A Christian group used mango saplings to help a destitute people who were animists living in terror of tree spirits. Not only did these Christ followers serve a physical need among tribes in the Bandarban Hills, they also addressed a spiritual issue. The Bandarban Hills tribes relied on witchcraft and a form of Buddhism for protection. Then they were introduced to Jesus.

Five years after the mango saplings were planted, churches have grown.

Unique (to Bangladesh) landscape of Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Bandarban is one of the districts comprising the Chittagong Hill Tracts in southeastern Bangladesh. This is the only mountainous (or hilly) area in the country. It is threatened by Bengali population growth (the ethnic groups in the hills differ from the majority Bengali population) and encroaching Islamization. Eighty-nine percent (146 of the 164 million) of the population are Muslim. Islam became the state religion in Bangladesh in 1988. There is less than 0.66 percent Christians (about 1.1 million people) in Bangladesh.

Pray for Christian groups who are delivering aid and the Good News of Jesus to tribal people. Pray for evangelism and church planting in a place where proselytism is not permitted. Pray for more fruit in Bangladesh.

— Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ
Posted Aug. 13, 2011


 

DAY 14: Pakistan

There were about 1,500 people at a Christian open-air crusade in May. Many accepted Jesus as Savior and many experienced healing.

With 177 million souls, Pakistan has the second-largest Muslim population in the world. Although the nation does not officially sanction Shari’a Law, it is often enforced in many areas. This is especially true in areas where radical Islamist groups have great power and influence. However, the Pakistani government does impose other laws that restrict the freedoms and rights of minority groups, including Christians. For example, the “blasphemy law” is enforced throughout the nation. According to this law, those who are found guilty of defiling the Quran can receive life in prison, and those who are found guilty of denigrating Muhammad can actually be sentenced to death.

All of the Pakistani people need our prayers.

PRAY for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan. Pray that in spite of opposition, they would be strong witnesses to their Muslim neighbors. May they show them the love of Jesus in all they do. Please pray that the Lord would protect and provide for our brethren in every way.

PRAY for those Muslim neighbors. Pray that they would have ears to hear and hearts to truly receive what the Holy Spirit would speak to them. During this month of “seeking,” may they seek truth rather than tradition; relationship rather than religion. May many have the boldness and brokenness to cast aside the cares of this world in exchange for the saving truth of Jesus Christ.

PRAY for the young people of Pakistan. Approximately 50 percent of Pakistanis are under the age of 24. Pray for a radical movement of God’s Spirit among the youth there. Pray that the Lord would cause many young people to come to faith in Isa (Jesus) as Lord and Savior.

“Save now, I pray, O Lord…” — Psalm 118:25

— Jordan Rowley, C4C Spiritual Coordinator
Posted Aug. 14, 2011


 

DAY 15: India

It is written: “To be Indian is to be Hindu and to be Hindu is to be Indian.”

This is deeply engrained in the Indian psyche, and is not easily dislodged. India is an ancient civilization made of many sub-cultures. When the ancient peoples, probably from the Middle East, colonized the Indus River Valley in Northern India (now in the Muslim country of Pakistan), Rome was not even on the world map and Greece was a series of colonies. Egypt was a civilization just growing into a country of sorts.

Many peoples invaded and settled in various parts of this huge sub-continent, mostly in the North.  Most of these groups were from central Asia, and these included the Muslim conquerors of what came to be known as “India” (during the British ruling period ~1750-1947 AD). Various Islamic powers invaded and ruled a great part of India from about 1000 to the mid-1700s. They introduced Islam, but did not usually force all the indigenous peoples to follow that particular religion. Naturally, Islamic colonies developed during these times, and for the most part there was reasonable religious harmony between the Muslims and the Hindus. The Hindu religion is so diverse that it can accept almost anything into its core beliefs, especially by adding to its pantheon of over 10,000 gods and goddesses. Some even see the time of the Moghul conquerors as India’s “Golden Age.” 

Things began to change politically in India and the Indian National Congress was founded in 1885 as a political party. In 1905, Muhammed Ali Jinnah founded a rival party, The India All Arab League. Jinnah, along with the other famous characters of the time (especially Gandhi and Nehru), envisioned a secular India, self-governing and finally free from foreign rule. As the time of independence neared, Jinnah changed and fought tenaciously for an Islamic state separated from India, then called East and West Pakistan. After years of strife and bitter battles, including mass starvation, these two Islamic countries separated with the emergence of Pakistan and Bangladesh, as two northern “wings” on India. During the early days of independence, huge destructive struggles broke out over most of Northern India, as Hindus and Muslims fought with bitter hatred during a time of massive resettlement. More than 14 million people moved between India and Pakistan, and more than 1 million people died during those shameful times.

Today, 165 million Muslims comprise about 15 percent of India’s population, mostly in North India. Struggles continue between India and Pakistan and they have maintained fully armed divisions of soldiers facing each other on their mutual borders since independence. Both countries have nuclear weapons and have fought many skirmishes over the years of tension. No end is in sight because of past ideology on both sides, especially inflamed by the continuing wave of Islamic terrorism, apparently condoned, if not actively sponsored, by Pakistan.

Since the early 1990’s, Muslim black-dresses have replaced Saris in daily life. There is a new spirit of allegiance to Islam, rather than to India, and tensions run high in most places. The “issue” of Kashmir is incendiary, created by Muslim separatists living around that area. There are several potential flashpoints in Northern India and the Indian government has tried to defuse the tensions, but with little avail. Similar tensions have arisen among both groups toward Christians (comprising about 2.5 percent of India, mostly in the South), whom they see as challenging their cultures with the insistence on Trinity (opposed by Muslims) or One God (opposed by Hindus).

Pray for real peace in this great land; peace that only Our Lord can bring. Both Hindus and Muslims are people of their faith, as they have had it told to them. Pray that the Lord will do a mighty work in the hearts of Hindus and Muslims, to open them to the truth, love and saving forgiveness offered by Jesus.  Pray for those who minister to Indian peoples in any way, that the Lord will use them for His purposes.  And may His will be done in all things, now and forever.

— Michael Raha, friend of Climbing For Christ, who has served in India
Posted Aug. 15, 2011


 

DAY 16: Isa Al-Masih (Jesus Christ)

Many Christians find it surprising to hear that several of the men and women mentioned in the Bible are also referred to in numerous Islamic texts. For example, the Qur’an contains individual Suras (chapters) dedicated to people like Jonah, Joseph, Abraham, Mary, and Noah. Jesus, known as Isa Al-Masih in Arabic, is also referred to several times in the Qur’an. In addition, the Injil (the Gospel of Jesus) is a book referenced in the Qur’an. In spite of the Qur’an’s acceptance of the Injil, most Muslims teach and believe that it has been corrupted.

The majority of Muslims around the world believe that second only to Muhammad, Jesus is the most honored and respected of the 124,000 prophets sent by Allah. It’s typically believed that Jesus was born of a virgin and performed many miracles throughout His sinless life.

However, Islam also teaches that Jesus was not the Son of God, but only a prophet who taught an earlier version of Islam. In fact, to claim that Allah (the Arabic word for God) is a father is one of the most offensive sins in Islam known as “shirk.” Shirk is associating anything, especially human attributes, with Allah.

It’s also believed that Jesus was not actually crucified. Some teach that Judas was transformed into the likeness of Jesus and crucified in His place. Therefore, it’s believed that Jesus did not die to redeem and restore mankind. After all, according to the teachings of Islam, Allah will choose who to “forgive” based on the balance of good and bad deeds.

PRAY that the Lord would open the eyes of many Muslims to the Faithful and True Isa Al-Masih. May they see and believe that He alone is the One who offers them forgiveness, peace, hope, love, and assurance of salvation!   

PRAY that the Lord would give many a powerful hunger and deep thirst for the One who can free them of religious obligations and fears.

PRAY that Muslims who are broken, bound or burdened would desperately turn to the One who was sent to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; the One who brings comfort and consolation to all who mourn; the Lord of lords and King of kings, the Savior of the world Jesus Christ; Isa Al Masih!

— Jordan Rowley, C4C Spiritual Coordinator
Posted Aug. 16, 2011


 

DAY 17: Indonesia

Our Christian brother Budi made a visit this month to the Sumedang village where Climbing For Christ first ministered in 2007. One Christian family lives in the village surrounded by Muslim neighbors. A pastor friend of ours continues the work he has been doing in the hills of West Java since Muslims closed down his church in a nearby city. He built a “Brotherhood House” in this village — “a place to come and share religion.” It has been a meeting place for the community.

“Keep in prayer for this family,” Budi said about our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living there.

Road work, which began in August 2010, also has been completed in this village in the name of Jesus.

The village is a microcosm of Indonesia, where about 36.8 million Christians (or 15.85 percent of the population) live alongside 186.7 million Muslims (80.31 percent), according to Operation World. This is the largest Muslim nation in the world. In some locations, there is tolerance for one another. But in other areas there is acrimony and outright violence. Attempts at Islamization have occurred in parts of West Java and Maluku, among other places, especially during this Ramadan.

Pray that peace would pervade in this land of more than 17,500 islands. Pray for workers to be sent to this massive mission field, where 722 languages are spoken and dozens upon dozens of people groups have yet to hear about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Pray for strength for those who are persecuted. Pray for a binding of the spiritual opposition to our Good News.

— Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ
Posted Aug. 17, 2011


 

DAY 18: Philippines

On the island of Mindanao in the Philippines a war has waged for decades between the Philippine government and Muslim rebels. The Muslim people of Mindanao, such as the Tausug, Badjao and Maranao, are known to be fierce warriors. They are also known for their strong belief in Islam. They believe that their fight in the Philippines is a holy war. They believe that there is no other solution but to establish their own Muslim government to rule Mindanao.

This has led to much persecution, abductions and suffering for the minority Christian population that also occupies Mindanao. Mission work is dangerous and it is difficult for evangelism, especially in rebel-controlled areas where proselytism is not tolerated. This war has resulted in many injustices, widows, orphans, and no promise of peace and development for the future.

But despite the chaos, Christian churches and communities continue to grow under the brave leadership of local pastors who have responded to God’s call to put everything on the line in His service. These Christian servants and their families are literally at risk every day from assault and death by Muslim extremists. But they continue the work. They need our prayers and support; for the war rages on for the hearts and souls of the people of Mindanao.

PRAY that the Lord will send more workers for the huge ministry field of Mindanao.

PRAY for the provision of Christian pastors and workers and their families to sustain their ministries of reaching out to Muslims in Mindanao.

PRAY for peace through our Lord Jesus Christ on the Island of Mindanao.

— Ace Concordia, C4C Philippines coordinator
Posted Aug. 18, 2011


 

DAY 19: A Refuge in Times of Trouble

“The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.” — Psalm 29:11

Approximately 23 percent of the world’s population (nearly 1 of every 4 people) is considered to follow Islam. In fact, roughly 50 countries have a Muslim majority. One need look no further than the evening news to see the present unrest and upheaval in many of these Muslim nations that are primarily in northern Africa and the Middle East. These countries and peoples are facing a new level of disorder, dysfunction and division.

World Muslim population by percentage. Darker colors are higher in percentage, including black (90-100). [Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 2009]

Technology is playing a huge part in this international unrest. Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of access to information and communication. The general population of many nations, who previously had a limited knowledge of the world, now has the world at their very fingertips. With their eyes opened to the freedoms and opportunities found in other places around the globe, people have become increasingly frustrated with their own government systems and rulers.

PRAY that this unrest would lead many to find the true rest in Jesus Christ.

PRAY that the availability and use of technology would allow many Muslim souls to learn about and embrace Christianity.

PRAY for former Muslims and ministries committed to working in Islamic nations where there is much public turbulence. May they lift the name of Jesus high, that many would be drawn to Him.

“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” — Psalm 9:9-10

— Jordan Rowley, C4C Spiritual Coordinator
Posted Aug. 19, 2011


 

DAY 20: Malaysia

Malaysia has many followers of various religions among its population of about 28 million people. But Muslims make up the majority. One recent statistic states that 63 percent of the nation practices Islam. The Sunni sect of Islam is the official religion of Malaysia.

However, even within the nation’s Muslim population there is division. There are currently more than 100 various radical Islamist groups. These groups pose a threat to even moderate Muslims.

The majority of the remaining 37 percent of Malaysians consist of a mix of Christians, Buddhists, and Hindus. Although evangelizing Muslims is not technically against federal law, it is against the more powerful state law in 10 of the country’s 13 states. Punishment can include imprisonment and even caning in some states. In addition, “apostasy laws” make it illegal for a Muslim to convert to any other religion. Twelve states have such laws.

The Muslim leaders of Malaysia make it exceedingly difficult, even near impossible, for their people to convert to any other religion. However, we know that with God all things are possible!

PRAY that God would move the mountains of government oppression and social pressure. May He prepare the way in the hearts of many Malaysian Muslims to come to the saving knowledge of Him.

PRAY for those who fear the possible consequences of following Jesus Christ. May they give up the cares and fears of this world in exchange for the salvation of their souls.

PRAY for the leaders of Malaysia. May they stand firm against the pressures and threats of the radical minority. 

PRAY for the 2.6 million Malaysian Christians. May they be wise as serpents, but harmless as doves as they stand for righteousness and truth. Pray that God would give them boldness in sharing Christ with the unsaved. May the Lord use their witness to speak to many.

“So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’” — 2 Kings 6:16

— Jordan Rowley, C4C Spiritual Coordinator
Posted Aug. 20, 2011


 

DAY 21: Russia

Reaching across nine time zones, the massive nation of Russia has a total population of about 140 million souls. Among the hundreds of people groups that make up this land, there is a great diversity of culture, including language, ethnic heritage, and religion. This diversity, coupled with a history of often fierce oppression by authoritarian rulers, has led to conflict among many people groups and even Russian districts. In some cases, it’s projected that these clashes could soon lead to civil war.

In addition to these enormous challenges, Russia is facing a number of other problems as well. For example, the country’s total population is dropping by 500,000 people every year. This is due, in part, to Russia having one of the lowest birthrates in the world. Furthermore, some statistics actually determine the number of abortions to be greater than the number of live births.

Some suggest that by the end of the 21st century the number of Muslims of non-Russian descent could be greater than the number ethnic Russians, who consider themselves Orthodox (but don’t believe in God). As a matter of fact, the majority of non-ethnic Russians are Muslim. At 17.5 million, Russia has the 20th-largest Muslim population in the world. That number is expected to continue to rise, while the number of people from Russian descent could very well continue to decline, in spite of incentive programs that are currently in place.

PRAY for Christians in Russia. In spite of opposition, the church in Russia is growing. Please pray that these believers would be strong witnesses in the midst of great discouragement and discontentment.

PRAY for Russians who are considering or have had abortions, as well as the millions who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Pray that God would bring conviction, contrition and conversion to the many lost and hurting souls.

PRAY for Russian Muslims. Pray that they would not attribute the immorality around them to Christianity. Rather, may they have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to receive the life-giving and liberating Gospel of Jesus!  

 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” — John 8:36

— Jordan Rowley, C4C Spiritual Coordinator
Posted Aug. 21, 2011


 

DAY 22: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

In ancient times, the territory of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan were part of a vast Persian province in Central Asia known as Sogd. With the passage of time Persia ceded the area to other conquerors. During the Battle of Talas (named after the river) in 751 A.D., the Arab forces defeated not the Uzbek or Tajik army, but the Chinese Tang Dynasty’s armaments. This event became an inauguration of expansion of Islam to the territory later known as Movarounnahr and Khorasan.

However, most missionaries of Islam in Movarounnahr and Khorasan weren’t radical Arabs. Instead, again from Persia, came wandering Sufis — the Dervishes — which became very popular here. After another 600 years, a storm of Mongol nomads raced west, destroying all before them. It seemed that this was about to bring the Movarounnahr and Khorasan period of Islamic history to a close. It was not the end, however, because Mongols settled in a new place at the area that became Muslims of Sufi persuasion.

Movarounnahr and Khorasan never knew radical Islam. Until the 16th century, Sufism was a teaching occurring everywhere with its ecstatic worship and miracles. However, after the 16th century, the spirit of Sufism was suddenly gone.

Since then, people of Uzbekistan tried to find living water in “broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). Pray for the rain of the Holy Spirit to give drink to every thirsty soul in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

People of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are very sensitive to the spiritual truth of the Holy Word, therefore governments — especially the government of Uzbekistan — are resistant to the distribution of the Gospel. They are afraid that if too many Muslims became Christian, it might provoke ethnic conflicts. In fact, they confirm that the fortress of formal Islam is about to fall, since it isn’t able to satisfy the spiritual hunger of people. Pray for a peaceful transformation for this country.

— Sergey Zaharov, C4C member from Uzbekistan
Posted Aug. 22, 2011


 

DAY 23: Tajiks

The Tajik are mountain farmers and shepherds who form one of the major people groups of Central Asia. The Tajik homeland is, appropriately, Tajikistan (where 4.6 million live). But there are significant populations in neighboring Uzbekistan (1.3 million), Kyrgyzstan (47,000), Kazakhstan (28,000), and Turkmenistan (4,900).

Most Tajiks — more than 90 percent — are Sunni Muslims. One of the largest mosques in the world is being built in Tajikistan by Muslims from Qatar. It is scheduled for completion in 2014.

“Tajiks tend to be spiritual people and are often open to at least a discussion of spiritual things,” the Joshua Project reports. “They understand the concept of sacrifice, which could be a redemptive analogy to the Lamb of God dying on the cross. However, almost all remain closed to the Gospel.”

Pray for workers who can explain the Scriptures and disciple Tajik believers. Fewer than 2 percent of the population is considered to be Christian. Churches are being planted throughout Tajikistan, locally in Uzbekistan, and not at all in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan.

In Tajikistan, religious freedom is guaranteed by the constitution, but the fear of radical Islam has prompted the post-Soviet government to try to control all religions. They have passed “draconian” religious laws, according to Operation World. Pray for open doors enabling missionaries to deliver the Good News to the Tajiks.

— Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ
Posted Aug. 23, 2011


 

DAY 24: China

When we entered a remote mountain village, thinking we were among the first (if not the first) missionaries to set foot there, we had a rude awakening. We were taken to a mosque. Islam had beaten Christianity to this frontier village.

A mosque in rural China.

When we think of China we don’t think of Muslims. China is, for the most part, a non-religious country. Atheism is preached by the communist government and persecution, particularly against Christians, remains intense. If anything, a blend of folk religions, Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism are practiced in China.

Officially, there are 20 million Muslims in this country of 1.3 billion, but it is felt there are probably significantly more.

In the village we visited, Muslims converted people from animist practices to Islam by promising new homes. The village chief had accepted Islam and all other villagers were expected to follow his lead — or else. One man who accepted our invitation to Christ was later confronted by the village and threatened until he disavowed his acceptance of Jesus. [See “Yi of little faith.”]

Some indigenous people groups, including the Hui and Uyghur, are linked directly to Islam. There are very few Christians in China living and working among these Muslim people, seeking to share the love of Jesus Christ with them.

Pray for evangelism among these isolated — and sometimes oppressed — people. Pray for committed workers willing to answer the call to serve in difficult surroundings. Pray for the church to continue to rise.

— Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ
Posted Aug. 24, 2011


 

DAY 25: Turkey

Sitting in a camp on Mount Ararat, our Kurdish friend spoke about Noah’s Ark. “Many people believe that Noah’s Ark landed (here) because of what is written in the Old Testament,” he said, referring to Genesis 6-9. “To us, as Muslims, we believe Noah’s Ark landed on another mountain, which is called Al Judi (in northern Iraq).”

In the Qur’an, Surah 11:44, it says: “When the word went forth: ‘O earth! swallow up thy water and O sky! withhold (thy rain)!’ and the water abated and the matter was ended. The Ark rested on Mount Judi and the word went forth: ‘Away with those who do wrong!’”

Our friend went on: “The prophet Noah was warned by God to build a ship because of a big flood that would happen by God. Noah took many animals and members of his family. Some people believe it was a local flood. Some believe it was a very big flood that covered all around the world. To me, it was a local flood, and the people who didn’t obey rules of God were punished. There are many examples like this in history of people who were punished by God because they didn’t follow his way and follow rules.”

Our friend showed us a glimpse of what many in a country of 75.7 million believe. More than 96 percent of Turkey’s population, including many of the estimated 20-25 million oppressed Kurdish people living in Turkey, professes to follow Islam. Some, like our friend, confess that they are not “practicing” Muslims.

But, practice or not, they are still likely to believe the stories they have heard their entire lives — stories about prophets, including Jesus, and a god (Allah) who punishes seemingly at will. They do not know the God of love. “God is love,” it says in 1 John 4:16.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”
— 1 John 3:16 (NIV)

Pray that hearts would be softened in Turkey, including among Kurdish people, and God’s love would be felt. Pray for an end to hostilities between Turks and Kurds, which have heightened again this month. Pray that the tide that saw the church in Turkey virtually disappear only to be replaced by Islam would again be reversed.

— Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ
Posted Aug. 25, 2011


 

DAY 26: Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz, who make up more than 60 percent of their country’s population of nearly 5.6 million, were first introduced to Islam during the 17th century. Within 200 years, the majority had been completely converted to Islam. Soviets, who governed Kyrgyzstan from 1936 to 1991, were not able to change the Kyrgyz beliefs, even though they tried a number of methods, including changing the alphabet, outlawing religious activity, and propaganda.

In fact, since 1990, more than 2,000 new mosques have been built in Kyrgyzstan. Today, most Kyrgyz still consider themselves to be Muslim. Islam is the principal religion in Kyrgyzstan with about 89 percent of the population professing to be Muslim.

However, some Shamanistic practices still exist. (Shamanism is the belief that there is an unseen world of many gods, demons, and ancestral spirits.) The people depend on shamans (priests or priestesses) to cure the sick by magic, communicate with the gods, and control events.

A Kyrgyz who becomes a Christian is seen as betraying his identity and family unity. Recently, Kyrgyz Christians have faced opposition from Muslims, but with a new twist. The Muslim’s new strategy is not to persecute Christians, but win them back to Islam through kindness, compassion, sympathy, and shame.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to soften hearts toward Christians so that people will be receptive to the Gospel. Pray that the Kyrgyz people would renounce the forces of evil that possess them through the occult and demon worship. Pray that the spiritual sensitivity of the Kyrgyz would make them receptive to dreams and visions from God. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into Kyrgyzstan.

— Information provided by Joshua Project
Posted Aug. 26, 2011


 

DAY 27: Afghanistan

In 1996, Afghanistan was almost entirely taken over by the Taliban, which imposed a strict and conservative variation of Islam. Currently, the nation is officially a democracy. Due in part to having a new government system, Afghanistan has struggled with tainted elections and corruption. In addition to this challenge, the Taliban still holds great influence and power in many areas of the country.

Afghanistan has one of the highest percentages of Muslims in the world at 99.9 percent. In spite of this staggering statistic, there are some Christians in this nation. Resident foreigners make up most of the 0.05 percent Christian population in Afghanistan. Needless to say, it is very dangerous to be a Christian. They face great pressure from their families, communities and the government. In fact, Christians are often persecuted and even killed by authorities or family members.

As in other Muslim-majority countries, many do not see how they can be Afghans and Christians. Rather, they view the terms “Afghan” and “Muslim” as almost synonymous. Anything else would seem to be a contradiction.

Although the laborers are few, there is work being done for God’s kingdom in Afghanistan. Many media outlets — such as radio, internet and even text messaging — are being utilized to spread the Good News. There are also Christian business, development and aid workers who are providing good witnesses for the Islamic communities in which they work and/or serve.

In spite of these resources, there is still a need for many minority people groups to have the Scriptures translated into their languages.

PRAY for the swift development, availability and distribution of needed Bible translations. Pray that the Word of God would but put into many hands and hearts, and that His Word would be a lamp unto the feet of many. 

PRAY that the Lord would reveal to Afghans that an Afghan Christian is not a contradiction. May they be shown the truth; that if they become followers of Christ then ultimately their citizenship will be of heaven.

PRAY for the Afghan government. May the Lord raise up wise and compassionate leaders to govern the people. Please pray that they would be sympathetic to the non-Muslim minority.

PRAY for the children of Afghanistan. Fifty percent of the total population is under the age of 14 and the education system is near non-existent. Please pray that God would heal the emotional and physical scars that have been caused by knowing little more than lives of war, drought and starvation. Pray that the Lord would awaken the youth to the healing and restoring power of Jesus Christ!

“This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.” — Psalm 119:50

— Jordan Rowley, C4C Spiritual Coordinator
Posted Aug. 27, 2011


 

DAY 28: Central Asia

The majority of people living in Central Asia have never heard the Gospel. They have never heard the love story of Jesus Christ, who came to die for them. In many instances, there are no Scriptures available in the local languages.

Traditionally, these people who have not heard the eternity-changing message of salvation and who cannot read what is not written in their language, are Muslim. Even what communism snuffed out for many decades is now returning to its Islamic roots. The countries in this region have developed political, economic and religious ties with Iran and Turkey.

What would the apostle Paul do if he was with us today? He would venture into these areas, found from the Middle East to the Far East — the homeland of the world’s Turkic and Persian people — from Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan. He would deliver the Good News.

But also this pioneer missionary would pray. He would pray without ceasing.

Paul prayed for people he had never met. In Romans 1:9-10, he wrote: “God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the Gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.”

That is our prayer as well.

Pray that the harvest fields would be made ready for the workers’ arrival. Pray also that the Lord of the harvest would send forth those workers.

As Paul wrote in Romans 15:20: “It has always been my ambition to preach the Gospel where Christ was not known.”

Pray that we may help make known the name of Jesus in mountains throughout Central Asia. All to His glory!

— Gary Fallesen, president, Climbing For Christ
Posted Aug. 28, 2011

  • CLICK HERE to read “Called to Central Asia.”


 

DAY 29: United States

The United States of America is a nation primarily made of immigrants. In fact, the U.S. has the greatest diversity of ethnic origin among its citizens than any other nation in history. With this great diversity of cultures, comes a great diversity of religions. Although accounting for a relatively small percentage of the total population, moderate estimates claim that there are approximately 5 million followers of Islam currently living in the United States.

The majority of American Muslims are foreign born; however, a large percentage is made of converts. In fact, according to Operation World, a staggering 80 percent of all men who “find faith” in the U.S. prison system are converts to Islam. In addition, the Committee for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has found that in the past eight years, there has been a 25 percent increase in the number of mosques in the U.S. These mosques are in addition to the many Muslim cultural centers and schools.

After many years of little action, many American Christian churches and organizations are now doing outreach into the Muslim community. However, there are many who have yet to reach out to their Muslim neighbors. This is, in part, due to their being ill-educated and ill-equipped to handle the task.

PRAY for the church in America to have a greater understanding of Islam and a more effective witness to our Muslim neighbors. Please pray that American Christians would be loving, bold and knowledgeable ambassadors for Christ as well as intercessors for our Muslim neighbors. May the Lord raise up and use His people to shine brightly into Muslim communities across the U.S.

PRAY for Muslims in America to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pray that they would be free from the pressures of their “ummah” (Muslim community) and awakened to the truth of the “Injil” (the Gospel). In a land where they are blessed with the freedom of religion, may they choose this day Whom they will serve.

“… I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days…” — Deuteronomy 30:19-20

— Jordan Rowley, C4C Spiritual Coordinator
Posted Aug. 29, 2011


 

DAY 30: Seek and Find!

“But who do you say I am?” — Mark 8:29

This is the most important question that all of mankind has to give an answer for. Everyone who has heard of Jesus has some opinion about who He is. Many have put their trust and hope in Him for their salvation. Many others believe that He never even existed or was, at best, a false teacher. Still others believe He was a great teacher and philosopher. Or, as in Islam, He is just one of many prophets.

Some in the Muslim world have heard the truth about Jesus and responded like Peter, saying, “You are the Christ.” Others have been dissuaded from the saving truth of Jesus by a more sinister question:

“Has God said?” — Genesis 3:1

The cunning serpent first asked this question in the Garden of Eden. In a way, he poses similar questions today: “Has God said… that He has a Son, that He sent His Son to the earth to be crucified and die, and that through believing in Him one can be saved from their sins?”

Throughout the Qur’an our enemy actually answers those questions himself clearly and emphatically: “No!” Sadly, millions are being deceived into believing these untruths about the One who loves them so much that He came to redeem them.

There is nothing we can do that will have a greater impact on the lives of our Muslims neighbors around the world than to pray. This is especially true when we join together with other Christians on a focused and common cause. We can’t be everywhere. There are so many people with so many needs. But the good news is that through prayer, we can bring those people and those needs to the One who is everywhere — our gracious God.

Thank you so much for joining us throughout this month of Ramadan as we’ve brought many of our Muslim neighbors before our Lord. God’s Word is very clear; those who ask get, those who seek find, and those who knock have the door opened unto them. God is incredibly faithful to those who seek Him.

Please continue to…

PRAY that the Lord would cause many Muslim souls to thirst and search for the truth of Jesus; and in doing so, find HIM!

PRAY that our God would move the mountains (spiritual, emotional, cultural, etc.) that stand between Muslims and the true Jesus.

PRAY for Christians of Muslim backgrounds, many of whom face intense persecution. May they be bold and bright witnesses to all those around them.

“But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
— Deuteronomy 4:29

— Jordan Rowley, C4C Spiritual Coordinator
Posted Aug. 30, 2011

The Word

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.”
— 1 Timothy 2:1

 

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