Daily Topic for November 29, 2008

Psalms 141: 2
"May my prayer be set before You like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice."

Can you imagine that? Your prayers are like a fragrant offering to the Lord! This is our blessing to the Almighty Creator! No matter how young or old you are, no matter how rich or poor you may be, your prayers are a sweet fragrance to the King of the Universe. When the time is right, He will pour this sweet incense over the nations, and some of them will turn to Him. If that doesn’t motivate you to pray, nothing will!

Pray that we may remember what our prayers are to Him. Pray with new confidence.

Tajik People of Tajikistan

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan was consumed by a 10-year civil war, killing or forcing abroad many men. Today, with its economy in shambles, Tajikistan remains dependent on Russia with many Tajik men finding work in Russia. Yet despite its own economic straits, Tajikistan sent aid to earthquake victims in Sichuan, China in May.

Most Tajiks are farmers and pastoralists living in extended families ruled by patriarchs. They love music so much that they put the Koran to music. Most are Sunni Muslims, though their beliefs are tainted by superstitions.

The Bible is available in Tajik. Tajik national television has broadcast the JESUS Film, and HCJB and Trans-World Radio broadcast in Tajik. Yet Tajiks continue to see Christianity as a foreign “Russian religion.” The Russian Orthodox Church membership among Tajiks in Tajikistan is declining, thus reinforcing the idea of Christianity as an alien ethnic faith.

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Pray that the Tajik New Testament would be set to Tajik music and that Tajiks would embrace faith in Christ for their own people. Pray that multi-ethnic churches would develop in the capital city of Dushanbe, and that they would plant daughter churches in rural areas. Pray that believers would be faithful under pressure from Muslim relatives, and that key Tajik leaders would follow Jesus. Pray that Jesus would reveal himself in mighty ways and that many Tajiks will soon become a part of the Church.-TP

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