We often build a lot of strategy into executing plans that we’ve made. Often these strategies are well-thought-out responses to the convergence of where we want to go, and the factors all around us that influence us getting there. What if we made prayer and concern for those who are outside of Jesus, even those persecuting his people, one of the areas of our lives in which we got really strategic?
Think about these facts:
Jesus asks us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us as followers of his. (Matthew 5:44)
Jesus used an audible voice, blinding lights, and a miraculous healing to get the attention of one of the most dangerous and feared opposers of the early church – Saul of Damascus. (Acts 9:1-19)
Jesus said, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)
Imagine if we prayed to Jesus for the ten Muslim leaders listed in the document linked below who, like Saul, are threatening the church. Imagine if Jesus would visit them, get their attention, and eventually their allegiance. Imagine if Jesus stepped in and caused one, five, or all of them to convert, like Saul did to Paul. Just imagine!
It may sound like it’s beyond possible, but consider this last fact:
Nothing is impossible with God! (Luke 18:27)
Pray that God brings a harvest among even those who are persecuting his people!
Please look at this intriguing document:
10 Muslim Leaders you need to know (Joshua Project:IncontextMinistries).pdf