Daily Topic for November 26, 2007
Kneeling on an elevated platform and then spreading his hands toward heaven, young Solomon joyfully dedicated the glistening new temple with a prayer of consecration. Prominent in that prayer was his request that God honor the sincere petitions of the foreigners who would come to the temple. God granted Solomon’s request. Later, Jesus drove out of the temple the merchants whose stalls were set up in the court of the Gentiles. They were keeping the Gentiles away from God’s house. Are our places of worship “houses of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7)? Do we welcome people from other nations? Do we regularly pray for other peoples and nations?
Dear God, we pray that You will make our churches to be “houses of prayer” for all nations.
It is the most disadvantaged of the Central Asian Republics and has the highest infant mortality rate. The country is Tajikistan. Ravaged by civil war, lawlessness, and the trafficking of arms and drugs, the economy has collapsed, and unemployment is high. More than 60 percent of the people are farmers and shepherds who face droughts and the continuous deterioration of the irrigation infrastructure. Ninety-three percent of Tajikistan is mountainous, so every inch of flat land is precious for cultivation and grazing.
Between the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 and Tajikistan’s civil war, 100,000 lives were claimed leaving thousands of widows. In the 1990s a million Tajik men migrated to Russia for work. Now polygamous marriages are affecting most households.
The border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan is littered with landmines. Thousands of unexploded and deadly cluster bombs have been found at the bottom of hills.
The Tajiks are Sunni Muslims. They are open to discussing spiritual things, but most remain closed to the gospel, viewing it as a “Russian religion.” The JESUS Film has been shown on national television, and they have the Bible in their own language.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Tajiks will see their need for salvation in Christ, the only Savior.-JKW