Today is an age of both great peace and great terror. We Christians in America live in great peace compared to the terror our brothers live in other nations – particularity those in ISIS territory. ISIS is an increasingly popular and powerful Islamic terrorist group. Some of you have heard of the butchering of Christians that ISIS broadcasted about a week ago, among other later grotesque broadcasts (murdering of women and children).
America and other nations are predicting that its power is growing as followers from Europe and USA join their cause (to have a pure Islamic country and the death of Christianity). It is also predicted that this war with ISIS will continue for years – not months to come.
Now that we have gotten a splash of cold water in our face and we begin to wake up to the realities most Christians face daily, you might be asking yourself; “What do I do to help?”.
I believe the answer to that question is – first we must pray!
Today Muslim leaders are turning to Christianity. Most of these have encountered God through some miraculous intervention, often in the form of visions or dreams. By the means of prayer and God’s people:
• More than 6,000 new churches have been planted among Muslims in 18 different countries.
• Hundreds of former Sheikhs and Imams, now Jesus followers, are boldly leading great movements of Muslims out of Islam.
• Forty‐five different “unreached” Muslim people groups, who a few years ago had no access to God’s Word, now have over 3,000 new churches among them.
Christians we must believe in the power of prayer and pray for our Muslim neighbors – both in the city and in the world. The organizing of Christians into focused intercessory prayer groups is vital. We must lead others into greater prayer ministry. All‐night prayer meetings, prayer walks through Muslim villages and towns, and even email and text messages should be utilized to organized on behalf of Muslims.
If you take time to take a closer look at some of the Muslim people groups you will see widespread disillusionment and discontentment with Islam. Many Muslims find no assurance of paradise in the Qur’an. They are searching for the God who answers prayer, seeking a personal, loving relationship with God that is absent in Islam. The primary strategy for reaching Muslim seekers is prayer, Bible study and obedience‐based discipleship. Discipleship represents relationships with God, Christ, and other disciples.
Make intercessory prayer the highest priority. When a leader was killed like Ben Laden another arose just as bad, and the cycle continued. Today the leader of ISIS is known to be Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. He reminds us that we are in a spiritual war so let us engage with prayer. Pray for the conversion of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, that he might come to faith in Isa al Masih (the Qur’anic term for Jesus the Messiah) as His God and redeemer. If God could save a sinner like you and me then He can do the same for Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Let us add him to our prayer list and see what God will do.