Daily Topic for October 03, 2015
This is a concept that Muslims believe in theory. They know Allah (God) to be “merciful”, but they often neglect to show mercy to others because of self righteousness. The true and living God is holy, righteous, loving, and merciful.
Pray that those who choose to oppress God’s children in Pakistan will understand that they are placing themselves under God’s wrath and turn from their ways. Pray that Pakistani Muslims will embrace the God of mercy, and begin to show mercy to others.—KC
The small congregation of Pakistani believers in Lahore felt encouraged as they listened to their pastor present God’s Word. Suddenly there was a loud shout by policemen entering the church, knocking over chairs, and pushing the worshipers. Forcing their way to the front of the church, they told the pastor, “This church is now closed. We have heard complaints about much noise coming from this church, and it is disturbing Muslims outside.” The women and children began praying, but they stopped when the police threatened them with arrest. The policeman continued, “You must never come back to this church.” The Pastor told the police, “We have the right to worship.” The police retorted, “You have lost your right because you violated the law. This church is closed. Leave now!”
Pakistan’s estimated 2.5 million believers (approximately half are Roman Catholic and half Protestant) are among the most persecuted in the world. They live under constant fear of the country’s strict anti-blasphemy laws, which are often used as an excuse to attack the believers. This has led to imprisonment, executions, burning and destruction of churches and personal property. Christians are often denied jobs and frequently rejected by their families.
Pray that God will bring justice and stability to Pakistan and that the people will stop the persecution and fear that Christians face each day. Pray that God’s Word will encourage the believers and allow them to grow in faith through their trials and suffering.