Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Praying for Pakistan - A 365 Day Global Prayer Journey - September 26

Today we continue praying for Pakistan. Please review pages 657-664.

For over half a century, Muslims have been coming to Christ in Pakistan. "Secret Believers" who remain within a Muslim context but love and serve Jesus have been present since at least the 1960s, as well as a Christian (by birth) community and a Muslim-background-believing community. If you've never read I Dared Call Him Father, I highly recommend it. You'll be engrossed in one of the first published stories of a Muslim Background Believer - a woman formerly married to a high-ranking government official - and join her spiritual journey. It gives glimpses into Pakistani society of a few decades ago and by contrast, shows the increased radicalism of today's fundamental Muslim groups who have prompted decreased religious liberty in Pakistan, even for Christians who did not come from Muslim backgrounds.

Today, my heart is heavy for the Christians in Pakistan - those from Christian as well as Muslim backgrounds. Please take time to visit Maaria's Secret Believers blog and gain insights about praying for the church in Pakistan. Today that will be our focus.

My prayer for today: Lord, my heart is heavy today for all the Maaria's in Pakistan - those Christians who are trying to maintain a faithful public witness for You, as well as those Secret Believers who have not yet spoken of You to those closest to them. We pray, Lord, for your grace and touch to be with both groups. We ask that You would minister to their deepest needs. We pray for favor where favor is needed, for wisdom where wisdom is needed, for deliverance where deliverance is needed, and for grace to be faithful for all. We pray for the leaders of the churches to consistently draw their flocks' eyes to You, Jesus, and to set the example of loving ministry to their enemies. Guard their hearts from harshness or bitterness toward those who wish them harm. In every way, help them to exemplify You. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.

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