Daily Topic for January 28, 2007
How would we respond to an edict that forbade us to pray to anyone but the king? Would we be a “Daniel,” who no matter what the circumstances, or law of the land, we would remain steadfast and faithful to the Lord? Daniel was right in his decision to continue to pray to his God. Although we are normally obligated to obey the law of the land, we are to obey God alone when the civil law conflicts with God’s law. Missionaries and national Christian workers today often find themselves in difficult situations where the law of the land appears to conflict with the demands of Scripture.
Father give Your messengers wisdom to discern when the conflict is real and unavoidable. Grant them boldness to act with courage and conviction.
“You cannot know my name. My face and voice must be disguised. My family would disown me if they learned that I became a follower of Jesus. I am one of about 12 believers among a population of 250,000. I live on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, in areas of Chad and Niger. All of us follow the rituals of Islam. But I found no meaning in them.
“About 12 years ago the first missionaries came to our area. Since then, several couples from various organizations have joined them. They learned our language. I saw the ‘JESUS Film’ and ‘God’s Story’ in our language, called Dazaga. They translated part of the Bible as well.
“When my sister got sick, the missionaries said it was from the dirty water. But that is the only water we have. So many of us get sick. We have no doctor to treat us. When my sister died, I could tell the missionaries really cared about her and our family. That is when I asked them about their God. At first, I believed secretly. But later I was baptized.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Christ would reveal himself to Daza clan leaders. Pray that the Holy Spirit would encourage and empower missionaries to the Daza people. Pray for a complete and accurate Bible in Dazaga.-EF