Jesus has called his followers to be lights in a world of darkness. Like all other peoples around the world Muslims have to deal with certain evil, invisible spiritual realities which are manifested in various ways religiously and culturally. These negative spiritual realities are influencing and dominating Islamic civilization as well as Western and Eastern civilizations in general (1 John 5:19). These forces can often be overcome by people who do things the opposite way (or if you prefer, “in the opposite spirit”). Jesus has shown us his way to do this through the cross. In his weakness he actually manifested strength. At the cross the pride of Empire and religion tried to do evil to him, yet the end effect was that Jesus actually manifested his ultimate goodness toward all men. God has given us a commandment: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).
In praying for Muslims and in living with them we need to exhibit the life of God. The enemy pushes us as believers to fear and suspicion of Muslims. If we allow ourselves to be motivated by fear, self preservation, and suspicion instead of faith, hope and love we will not be able to bring the Gospel to Muslims.
Today and tomorrow we ask you to worship the Lord. Draw near to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from us. Then pray for the following subjects for yourself and Muslims in your town, region or country:
Where there is pride—humility:
Pray: “Lord, root out any pride within me concerning my attitudes concerning Muslims. Liberate Muslims in my area from religious pride. Bring us all to humility before you.” (Proverbs 8:13, 16:18, 29:23)
Where there is religiousness—relationship:
Pray: “Lord, help me not to be religious but to actually live and walk with you. Help any Muslims in my area to come to know you and not simply accomplish certain religious activities.” (John 17:3)
Where there is legalism—freedom:
Pray: “Lord, help me to walk in the freedom of your Spirit. Help me to be someone who brings real liberty of the Spirit to Muslims.” (Mt 7:3-5)
Where there is suspicion—trust:
Pray: “May we as believers be people who create trust so that Muslims may believe and turn to the Messiah.” (Acts 16:14)
“I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” (Isaiah 56:7)
Listen to the Podcast – DAY 01 – Spiritual Realities
Video: Faith, Hope Love – Hillsong (1:41)
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