For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. (1 Corinthians 16:9). The gospel is shared very effectively on the Internet and via technology today. Arab World Media (www.arabworldmedia.org) is just one of the dozens of websites that communicates with Muslims. SAT-7 (television station) is another very effective media network that reaches literally millions of people. An estimated 9,000 Online Missionaries, who are trained, fully-equipped and motivated, are serving in diverse outreach communities, even when situated in the remotest parts of this global village. In Iraq, one radio station is linked to a Facebook page, where they receive 1.2 million reactions per month and have about 700,000 followers. Another worker in the Middle East, has 1.3 million contacts per month on Facebook. A website that reaches out to Muslims, receives more than 20 million visits per month. A similar network is connected to more than 1 million Turkic speaking people.
- For Spirit-filled counsellors to follow up effectively with people who are asking questions and want to know more about Jesus. The biggest need in most of these networks is that there are not enough people following up with seekers, i.e. labourers. Pray to the Lord of the harvest for more labourers.
- For the necessary funding to keep up this work.
- For good quality programs based on the Word, and that people will not compromise the gospel message for the sake of popularity or to get more funding for their work.
He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 25:8).
The following is a typical incident in the Muslim world: Maryam Mushtaq, a Christian girl, accompanied by Romail, her 11-year-old brother, was walking home from a college in Lahore. Two masked men jumped out of a white Corolla and grabbed the kicking and screaming Maryam, forcing her into the back of the car. The abductors shouted abuse and threats at Romail as he rushed home to tell their mother. Frantic, Maryam’s mother filed a police report of Maryam’s kidnapping. Two days later, the police informed her that her daughter had not been kidnapped; but she had married a Muslim man, called Muhammad Ali, who produced a marriage certificate. Her faith was listed as Muslim.
This happens often, and in each case, the girls are Christian, forced to convert to Islam and given as sex-slaves to influential Muslim men. Often, the women are already married to Christian husbands and have children. According to a ruling of the Lahore High Court, “Christian marriages do not dissolve on conversion to Islam or any religion”. The Constitution of Pakistan protects the Christian Marriage Act, but in spite of this court ruling, powerful Muslim clerics claim otherwise: “After conversion to Islam, the previous marriage stands null and void…” – a convenient loophole that protects those accused of kidnapping. These crimes cry out for justice! (Source withheld for security reasons).
- That the freedom of religion guaranteed by the Constitution be upheld by the courts and enforced by the police. (Exodus 23:1).
- For God’s protection of kidnapped women, and for their supernatural deliverance from their captors, just as Paul and Silas experienced. (Acts 16:24-26).
- For God, the One mighty in battle, to intervene, for the law to be applied and for the unconstitutional actions and influence of Muslim clerics to be destroyed. Pray for this practice to be stopped in all Muslim nations. (Psalm 24:8).
- For kidnapped Christians to remain faithful, and for God to deliver them. (Psalm 88).
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9). One of the most important things to pray about regarding the Middle East is, strangely enough, to pray for revival in the European church. An awakened church will be able to bring in the harvest and help the millions of disillusioned people living in the Middle East, North Africa, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Refugees from at least 40 nations are trying to get to Europe. While many churches in Europe fear the flood of refugees and their religion, a significant and growing number of churches are reaching out to Muslims. They care for their needs, feeding them, loving them, and sharing Christ with them, with the most remarkable results. The good news is that nobody can accuse the church in Europe of being dead or asleep. The truth is that the church in Europe is literally reaching hundreds of thousands of refugees and immigrants with the gospel.
- For revival in the church in Europe, and for her to respond in the power of the Holy Spirit to the refugee crisis.