Daily Topic for August 09, 2007

James 4:3
"When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures"

Do you ever wonder why some prayers seem to go unanswered? James suggests one reason: we often seek personal pleasures more than God’s purposes. It is not wrong to pray for things we need-indeed, the Scriptures urge us to. But it is a wonderful experience to pray for something that is good and right and for which we gain no personal benefit. For example, we do know that God wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. His Word promises that all peoples will be represented before His throne in heaven.

Father, liberate us from self-centeredness. Teach us to pray!

Buddhist Sharcrop People of Bhutan

Sharcrop people whirl, run, and jump towards a burning bale of hay. The bold ones jump over the flames, believing that this might mean forgiveness for their sins. Those who are too timid to jump must discover other ways to find atonement with the gods. 

The 370,000 Sharcrops are the dominant people in Bhutan, a small kingdom hidden among the peaks of the Himalayan Mountains. According to the April, 2001 edition of “CoMission,” published by the Southern Baptists, “There is something within these people that demands that they search for atonement. Every ritual and act they take on is surrounded by mysticism and the search for cleansing.”

These people have been Buddhists since a Tibetan monk took his religion to them in A.D. 747. Since that time, Tibetan Buddhism has fused itself to the Sharcrop identity in such a way that very few will even listen if someone tells them that Jesus is the one to go to for oneness with the Almighty. They perceive Christianity as one of the biggest threats to their culture at a time when Bhutan is rapidly modernizing.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Christ will reveal Himself to the Sharcrop people, and that they will understand that He alone holds the answer to their search for forgiveness of sin.-KC

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