20 June 2017 – Day 25: Somalia: Al-Shabaab, Islamic extremism and tribal antagonism
The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me. (Matthew 11:5-6). The militant Islamist group, al-Shabaab, has publicly declared that it “wants Somalia free of any Christians”. Those suspected of being Christian are frequently killed on the spot. Believers are isolated and have to meet secretly in small groups. They cannot own Bibles, as this could put them in danger. Praise the Lord for definite efforts to reach the Somali people with the gospel, and praise Him that they can study the Bible safely on the Internet! Praise God also for the number of Christians daily being added to the church, despite the many who are being killed! Pray for the safety of Somali Christians, and ask for their spiritual growth. Pray for those who are seeking to meet people who can share the gospel with them.
21 June 2017 – Day 26: Hope amidst death and persecution
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them… (2 Timothy 3:12-14). It is amazing that many Christians persecuted in nations, such as Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia etc., choose to stay there and continue to be light and salt in these nations. Whilst it is NOT wrong to flee, some people feel convicted to stay. Scripture makes it very clear that those who want to live godly lives and follow Christ unashamedly will be persecuted. Pray for fellow Christians in other nations who are suffering for their faith. Ask that they will continue to live godly lives, without shame, and have the courage to continue to be true witnesses to Christ.
22 June 2017 – Day 27: Holy Spirit outpouring on the Church in Muslim majority nations
…I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28). More than 50% of all Christians in the Middle East and North Africa live in Egypt. Pray for an awakening in the church in this region. In Acts 4:23-31; Acts 8:15-16; Acts 10:44; and Acts 11:15, we read that the Holy Spirit was poured out again and again on the church. In all these instances, there was salvation of people and a strong move forward for the church. Please pray for an increase of prophesy, dreams and visions. Ask that entire families, neighbourhoods, mosques, towns, villages and cities would experience visions and dreams of Jesus, the one and only Living God!