Daily Topic for October 17, 2007
God commanded Israel to conquer all the peoples of Canaan and to assume possession of all the land. But the years were long and the battles hard, and Israel settled for less. Those nations left unconquered became their snare and eventually their conquerors. So today, when we reject or adulterate God’s commands, our sins become the snares which frustrate God’s blessings to us and through us. In particular, those peoples from whom we withhold the blessings of the gospel may become strong, bitter enemies of Jesus and His Church.
O God, help us not to grow weary in taking Your gospel to those people groups still needing to hear.
It has been called paradise with its backdrop of breathtaking mountains, but since 1947 it has been anything but a paradise. Kashmir has been caught up in an on-going conflict between India and Pakistan, and violence has even escalated since 1989. More than four million Kashmiri people live primarily in India and Pakistan, and almost all of them are Sunni Muslim.
Kashmiris live with a paradox. On the one hand they have constant violence, discord, and political corruption, and on the other hand they find themselves in the midst of a booming information technology (IT) revolution. Most associate United States out-sourcing with India’s Silicon Valley, Bangalore, or its hi-tech competitor Hyderabad, but Kashmir is catching up with its famous forerunners. There are few Kashmiri followers of Christ, and there is a cost for Muslims who become believers. Affirming the deity of Jesus is considered heresy punishable by death or being disowned by the family.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the growth of new believers among the Kashmiri people, and pray for an indigenous church in the area. Pray that young Kashmiris would turn away from radical, violent groups. And, finally, pray for the poor war-torn people to find an inner harmony in a relationship with the Prince of Peace.-JS