Daily Topic for October 31, 2007
Halloween night is a key time when satanists do their works of evil. Idolatry and sorcery are the direct results of contentions, jealousies, and selfish ambitions. Throughout the world, people who are unwilling to submit to God will instead turn to satanic forces to get what they want. As you pray for those involved with witchcraft in your country, don’t forget to pray for the unreached animists who spend their whole lives seeking favor from wicked spirits. Unlike those who have heard of the blessings of Jesus, they try to gain favor from satanic forces through blood sacrifices and worship of those spirits that are doomed to be thrown into the lake of fire.
Lord, we pray for those unreached animists who have no knowledge of You. Send someone to show them that You are the only one worthy of praise and worship.
Men beat themselves with iron chains during the bloody festival observed annually by the 110,000 Ithna’asheri Khoja people of Gujarat, India. They are depicting the martyrdom of a key Shi’ite Muslim leader.
The Khojas are believed to have come from the Kshatriya (business) caste of Hinduism. A Persian Islamic leader gave them their name in the 14th century when the Khojas abandoned Hinduism and began following Islam. They now are separated into three different subgroups, one of which is considered to be heretical by most of their Muslim neighbors. They have learned to practice their beliefs discreetly and meet in concealed places to guard themselves from outside intrusions.
In what do they put their faith? Sharia, i.e., Muslim law, is the system of final authority in a Khoja’s life. Like most Muslims, they value prayer and fasting. But unlike most Muslims, members of this offshoot of Shi’ite Islam long for the 12th Imam, whom they believe will some day return to be their messiah and guide them to salvation.
Christians have done little to reach these Muslims of Gujarat, India. Khojas are now living throughout the world, in North America, Europe, East Africa, and the Middle East.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord will send workers to the Khoja people wherever they live, to proclaim that the great sacrifice of Christ is the only acceptable payment for every person’s sin. May those who meet Jesus outside of India desire to return as His ambassadors to their own people.-JKW