Where Is Our Focus?

With the recent presidential executive order placing a temporary halt on providing visas for seven predominantly Muslim countries, we at Global Initiative have been reminded of the importance of staying focused on our vision statement: Every Muslim Must Know the Truth About Jesus! In 2016 our team of trainers and partners around the world joyfully engaged in equipping over 1,800 persons to reach out to Muslim peoples with the truth about Jesus.

With regard to the global issues of immigration and refugees, our ministry recognizes that there are varying views on the politics, issues and personalities that drive current events. We also recognize that Satan wants us to be distracted from the core task of taking the Gospel to Muslims who are without the truth about Jesus. In the midst of upheaval, we find encouragement in keeping our primary focus on the Great Commission and the task of taking the Gospel to a dying world without Christ.

With the current halt of refugee visas and the resulting consequences in many Muslim lands, I believe the Lord would be pleased with us as a church if we focus our prayers and attention in two critical ways:

  1. Focused Prayer for Muslim Countries and Peoples. Many Muslim-majority countries are in the midst of war and strife. Others are threatened with the growth of radicalized Islamic political movements and increasing terrorism. Within several Islamic countries sectarian violence has resulted in deaths, destruction and displacement. Media images often show desperate persons trying to escape these troubled areas.
  • Pray for the suffering and most vulnerable, which are the children and wounded. Pray they would receive help for their basic needs of shelter, food and security.
  • Pray that the strongholds that are keeping many of these lands in darkness will be broken. Our weapons are not of the flesh but are mighty even to the pulling down of strongholds. (2 Cor. 10:4)
  • Pray for Christian outreaches to refugees. Many Muslims are interacting with a Christian for the first time – and some are hearing the Gospel or receiving a Bible for the first time.
  • Pray especially for the war-torn nations of Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed in these lands – so that the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, can enter and bring hope in the midst of chaos.

 

  1. Focused Prayer and Support for Christian Workers in Muslim Lands. In many Muslim-majority countries Assemblies of God Christian workers are attempting to bring the truth about Jesus to unreached Muslims. Our task includes praying for and supporting our fellow workers. Many face great obstacles as they witness in these turbulent places.
  • Pray for Christian workers who are ministering to Muslim refugees. Pray that the Lord will anoint them with a bold witness, and that signs and wonders would accompany their presentation of the Gospel.
  • Pray for Christian workers who are facing residency challenges in some of these volatile countries. Some face visa residency restrictions and others face restricted movement within the country.
  • Pray for safety and protection for workers and their families who live in dangerous situations. Christians in some of these countries are facing increased intimidation and persecution.
  • Financially support Christian fellow laborers as they take the Gospel to Muslim peoples.

 

I conclude with a passage of Scripture which clarifies two things for us: (1) God desires all to be saved, and (2) Our first task in missions, including our mission to Muslims, is to faithfully pray and bear witness of Jesus.

 

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession  

and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2for kings and

all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet

lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases

God our Savior, 4who wants all people to be saved and to

come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God

and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ      

Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all people.” 1 Tim.2:1-6

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