Daily Topic for October 26, 2007

Ruth 1:16
"Where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God"

Naomi fully expected Ruth to return to her homeland, where idol worship was accepted and expected. She even encouraged her daughter-in-law to leave! Yet, Ruth had come to believe in Jehovah, the God Naomi worshiped. Through Naomi’s quiet faith, this “outsider” had come to faith in the one, true God. She didn’t want to go back to her old way of life-she had found something far better! Ruth represents the sincere seeker in every nation whose heart yearns for truth and reconciliation with the Living God.

Pray that God will open our eyes to the spiritual hunger of those from other cultures and give us the wisdom to know how to lead them to the One True God.

Muslim Sayyid People of India

Sayyid people commonly question those who allege lineage to gain employment or another type of favor. True Sayyids claim to have descended from the Prophet Mohammed’s daughter, Fatima, and his cousin, Ali. Since ancestry is crucial to them, they traditionally arrange marriages to maintain this heritage, which has always carried much prestige within Muslim communities in South Asia.

Their place in society used to assure wealth, but this is no longer true. A number of Sayyid men have had to take work as day laborers to support their families. To gain large dowries, some poor Sayyid families are letting their sons marry daughters from Muslim families that are more prosperous who are outside Sayyid ancestry. Perhaps this also allows more contact with other Muslim groups.

This may be the time Sayyid people will be open to spiritual change. They are 100 per cent Muslim, but the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit can give them new life and new beliefs.

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Ask God to stir their hearts and help them to acknowledge their spiritual need for Christ. Pray that Sayyid people will lay aside their earthly ancestral pride and seek to become God’s children. Ask God to send loving Christian workers who will share the gospel clearly. Pray that the Sayyid people will see beyond the desire for temporal riches and lay up treasure in heaven where nothing can take it away.-AK

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