Daily Topic for September 24, 2009
This account between Abraham and King Abimelech is the first record we have of a prophet being called upon to pray for the healing of someone. What is so significant about this is that the person receiving this prayer is a ruler over one of the nations Abraham had been called to bless. Of course, God could have healed Abimelech the moment he returned Sarah to Abraham, but He chose to heal him through the prayers of His prophet for a special reason. He wanted an entire nation to understand that Abraham represented the creator of heaven and earth and all the fullness of His power. This is the same reason why God often works so powerfully through the intercession of his people to open up opportunities for sharing the gospel.
Pray for God’s children to exercise their authority to intercede for the oppressed Dharua people.
We often consider hunter/gatherers as ancient people, but they do still exist, even in the very populous, developing country of India. The Dharua people are tribals living in forested hills in the interior of Orissa. They are very poor and lack the finances to buy or rent technologically improved farm implements; thus, they practice slash and burn farming techniques on small plots of ground. They supplement their food supply through hunting and fishing.
The Dharua people are considered one of this area’s most ancient people, and anthropologists have been interested in their origins and culture for some time. Within India’s caste system, they are the lowest caste in the Khondh community. Their name is derived from the word dhur meaning “dust,” indicating their inferiority. They have a very dark complexion, and the men have a special haircut that makes them distinctive to outsiders.
There are a number of evangelistic agencies working in Orissa, and some tribal people have been very responsive to the gospel message.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Dharua people to receive the good news with gladness. Pray for their leaders to embrace Christ and open the door for others to do the same. Pray that He will lead other tribal believers to share God’s truth with their unreached neighbors.-JS