Daily Topic for June 18, 2009
One of the key elements in extending God’s Kingdom is turning people’s hearts from praying to worthless idols to praying to the One True God. To do so takes faith that He will answer out of His goodness and power. This extends God’s Kingdom to nations that formerly didn’t recognize Him as the King of Kings. But God’s domain also extends further when believers, like the ones Paul is referring to, give thanks when their prayers are answered.
Pray that God will extend His Kingdom in your heart by giving you greater gratitude when He answers your prayers.
“Look! I have tiger tattoos on my leg. When I rub them I feel the strength of a tiger. When the Buddhist monk finished my tattoos he blew on them and prayed. This gave me power.” The young Tai Mao man was proudly sharing his body art with Chinese visitors. “To keep the power, there are rules I must follow,” he continued. “Do not kill, do not steal, do not cheat on my wife. I must tell the truth and must not drink alcohol.”
China’s Yunnan Province is home to over 320,000 Tai Mao Shan people. They have a rich cultural heritage, especially in the areas of creative writing and knowledge of astronomy. Their religion is Theravada Buddhism mixed with animism. They think that the use of charms and tattoos will bring them protection. Many young Tai Maos are not religious, but they believe in the spirits.
There are only a few believers among the Tai Mao Shan people. It is difficult for them because their own people reject them and try to force them back to their old religious practices. They have Bible portions and FEBC radio programs in their dialect.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Holy Spirit will open their hearts to God’s Word and to FEBC radio. Pray that Tai Mao believers will grow spiritually strong and lead their people to Christ.-PD