Daily Topic for December 12, 2009

Matt. 2:3
"When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him."

What? It’s understandable that the power-mad Herod would not want the Messiah to be born. He knew that this was the beginning of the end for his political power. Likewise the Utaiba tribe is noted for acts of terrorism that usually stem from a desire for political power. Religion can be an ugly thing if it is used as a means to gain raw political power. All major religions have had people who would misuse spiritual authority.

Pray that the Utaiba tribe will find Jesus to be worth far more than political power. Pray that they will soon know that He is the pearl of great price, worth trading everything for.

Utaiba Tribe in Saudi Arabia

In the past, the Utaiba tribe was known for legendary feats of endurance. Like all desert dwellers, life is strenuous and difficult, requiring a physical fortitude not found in more inviting climates. One such feat was a journey on camelback covering close to 800 miles in eight days! The Utaiba today, however, are most known for their participation in violent terrorist cells in the Middle East. Some of the more outspoken Sunni militants are dedicated to a lifelong battle against perceived ‘heresy’ in the Saudi kingdom at home and against unbelievers abroad.

Violence is not new to the Utaiba; 24 years ago, they led an insurrection against the Westernization of Saudi society and government corruption. It took the combined efforts of the Saudi Army and National Guard two weeks to crush this uprising, resulting in the death of the Utaiba insurgents.

What this tribe is unaware of is that there is currently a counterattack that was launched thousands of years ago, and continues to this day. This counterattack against sin, evil, and disease will ultimately prevail, though it may lose a few battles in the meantime.

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Pray for spiritual soldiers who understand the weapons of our warfare are not physical, but have divine power behind them (2 Cor. 10:4), and can overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21). Pray for a mighty team of intercessors to free the Utaiba tribe from the clutches of Satan.-MB

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