Daily Topic for November 12, 2006

1 Sam. 12:23
"Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you..."

We know that we should pray. We know that we should pray for others as well as for ourselves. And when we fail to pray, we recognize the lack of God’s blessings. But how often do we consider Samuel’s point-that prayerlessness is a sin against God Himself? The living God invites us to commune with Him; to disregard His invitation is an affront to His goodness. The purpose of the Global Prayer Digest is to encourage one million Christians to pray daily for those thousands of peoples walled off from the good news of life in Christ Jesus.

Savior, teach us to pray.

Sunni Muslim Libyan Arabs of Libya

Libya is awash with petroleum, but lacks the oil of God’s anointing! At one time, all of North Africa, including what is now Libya, had a church, though it was weakened by a lack of biblical understanding. The church crumbled when Islamic forces rolled through in the 600s. Ever since that time, it has been very dangerous for any Libyan Arab to put their faith in the resurrection of Jesus rather than the laws of the Koran. Like many Arab peoples, Libyans believe that to become a “Christian” is to become Westernized and to thus have loose sexual morals.

Today the Libyan Arabs face persecution if they become “Christians.” But what would happen if someone went to them and taught them to follow Christ within their culture? Is it possible for someone to follow Christ and to live up to Arabic cultural values that conform to the Bible like hospitality and family responsibility?

Last spring, the U.S. renewed diplomatic relations with Libya, paving the way for Americans to have contact with Libyan Muslims. Will Western Christians go to them as Christ’s ambassadors?

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will raise up fearless, articulate, loving Christians to introduce the Jesus of the Bible to Libyan Arabs.-MC/KC

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