Daily Topic for December 31, 2008

Psalms 51:12b-13
"...grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will turn back to you."

Have you ever asked God to give you a willing spirit? Being willing to obey all that He tells us to do is an essential part of lordship. When someone says “yes” to missionary work, they are asking God to give them a willing spirit to go out and teach transgressors His ways so His kingdom will be extended. What an eternal privilege!

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give more of His children a willingness to teach unreached transgressors His ways. Pray that He will give you a greater will to serve Him this coming year.

Work Among Bedouins

“Did you know that my Bedouin tribe was Christian before they converted to Islam?” The missionary looked up suddenly, startled by the words of the Bedouin sheikh. The sheikh continued, “My people are looking for answers. All we see here in Palestine is misery. Many of us believe that Isa (Jesus) has the answers, so we follow Him. Yet I won’t forget our Muslim neighbors. They are wise to pray five times a day. I will continue to do this, not for spiritual merit, but because it is a good practice for anyone who wants to come closer to the Almighty Creator.”

Pastor Afif Saba, an Arab Christian in Israel, has planted 22 house churches among Bedouins in Israel and Egypt. He has the blessing of some of the local Bedouin leaders, and that gives him a great advantage. Though life is hard and bitterness towards Christians and Jews runs deep, there are many Bedouins who have looked and found Jesus to be the One who holds the keys to life.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the Holy Spirit to continue anointing and protecting Pastor Afif as he spreads the word about Jesus to the Muslim Bedouins. Pray for complete understanding among the Bedouins that the Lord Jesus Christ came from God to give us life to the full here, and eternal life. It is essential to look to Him and God’s Word for truth.-KC

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