Daily Topic for October 06, 2009
In this passage, you see the fatherly love Moses has for the children of Israel. But it also gives us the best example in all of Scripture of a man who is willing to give all, even his own soul, to bless others. Among the spiritually prestigious Sayyids in Bangladesh, there are bound to be some who are keenly interested in serving the Creator. Perhaps it is time that we pray for God to raise up people from Sayyid communities who will embrace their Savior and point the way for others to do the same.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will move among spiritually discerning Sayyid people so that they will point the way to Jesus, the only savior for the peoples of Bangladesh.
The word sayyid literally means “master.” The closest English equivalent would be “sir” or “lord.” Many believe that the true Sayyid people are descended from Abu Talib, the uncle of Mohammed, the Islamic prophet. Because of the prestige and pedigree associated with the name, some Muslims claim to be Sayyids, though the lineage is questionable. In India, Sayyids held short-lived political power for almost 40 years, although most are connected to religious, spiritual or educational activities.
What a unique opportunity and privilege we have in praying for the salvation of these people! When those seen as influential spiritual leaders in a community come to Christ, the effect on the common people is immediate and widespread. For Muslims in Bangladesh who look to the Sayyids as the bearers of truth, the potential result could be tremendous. It would pave the way for millions to embrace the Savior of mankind.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God would call some of these influential religious leaders to Himself through Isa, and show them that while not being less than a teacher and prophet, He is certainly much more (John 13:13-14). Pray for the Muslims who look to these Sayyids, that the eyes of their own hearts would be enlightened and they would come to know the immeasurable greatness of His power towards those who believe (Eph. 1:18-19).-MB