Daily Topic for October 04, 2006

Josh. 3:2-4
"When you see the ark of the covenant...follow it.... Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before"

Because of their unbelief and rebellion at Kadesh Barnea, the people of Israel had wandered for 40 years in the wilderness, following their old trails and using their old campsites. Now it was time to move ahead in faith and obedience. But how? They didn’t know where to go. They had never been this way before. God said, “Follow me.” We face the challenge of about 10,000 unreached people groups. In order to plant churches among these societies, the Church must discover new paths, new ways, new approaches. As we reach out in obedience to Christ’s Great Commission, we can depend on Him to show the way.

Dear Lord, fill us with Your joy as we go forth at Your command. May Your love shine through us to love the peoples of the earth.

Shi’ite Muslim Iranians in Iran

Two lines-one for women, and one for men-formed at the gates of the mosque in Jamkaran. In this city deemed holy by Shi’ite Muslims, many wanted to drop their written prayer requests into one of two sacred wells. As the lines inched forward loud speakers on poles played recorded prayers, many of them calling for the return of the 12th Imam. 

Shi’ites consider the 12th Imam, whom they believe is a descendent of Mohammed, to be a Messianic figure. Shi’ites pray fervently for the return of this leader who vanished in 878 A.D. They believe he will one day return to Earth to defeat the forces of evil and restore peace to the world. Such beliefs might be behind Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons. 

Shi’ite Muslims don’t recognize Jesus Christ as the true Messiah, but they know that He will return. Some believe that He will come with this 12th Imam.

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Pray that God will open the eyes of Iran’s Shi’ites so they may see that Jesus is the true Messiah, the one who can save them from their sins. May God use dreams and visions to lead this people group to Christ. Pray for faithful ambassadors for Christ to reach out to Iran’s Shi’ites.-WK

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