Daily Topic for February 26, 2008
Returning to Jerusalem and entering the temple, Jesus began driving out those who were buying and selling there. In an act of righteous judgment, Jesus upset tables and benches and prevented anyone from carrying merchandise through the temple courts. Merchants had been using the fore court (a place set aside as a court of prayer for the Gentiles) for fraudulent activities. Jesus’ action restored this court as a place where the Gentiles could worship according to God’s original intention (1 Kings 8:43).
Lord, open our eyes so that we may see how our ignorance and selfishness might keep other peoples from coming to You.
The Songhai farmer loaded his crops onto a boat and climbed aboard to help his neighbors paddle it across the mighty Niger River. They could get better prices for their crops at a village on the other side, so the trip was worth the effort. This was the only way to get across because there was no bridge spanning the river. In the distance echoed the call to prayer from a village mosque, but these men had no time for religion. It was time to make money!
There are only 250 believers among the 3.5 million Songhai people of West Africa. Many Songhai villages have never heard the gospel. For such people there is no bridge that spans the river of sin that separates them from the true God. This people group only knows Jesus as a prophet and not the Son of God who paid for their sins. Instead the Songhais have put their faith in the Islamic religious system, though it does not stop them from appeasing evil spirits.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for key Songhai leaders to embrace Christ and forsake all others. Ask God to stimulate His people to begin gospel radio broadcasts in the Songhai language. Pray that the JESUS Film will have a lasting impact on the Songhais.-WK