Daily Topic for November 10, 2010
Babylonian King Belshazzar threw a great banquet and invited a thousand of his nobles. They drank wine together and praised the gods of gold and stone. Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote upon the wall. The king summoned all his wise men, but they could not interpret the writing. Daniel was then called, and he prophesied the king’s doom, telling Belshazzar that God would use the Medes and Persians to punish Belshazzar’s disregard for Yahweh. Many today worship and praise the gods of stone. Like Daniel, we are called to give testimony to the one true God and to call rulers to give account to their King.
Pray that God will grant us discernment and boldness as we bear witness to the fact that He alone is God.
The Shi’ite Muslim Shughnis in Afghanistan are one of the world’s least reached and most persecuted peoples. There are approximately 60,000 Shughni speakers, with 30 percent of them being in Afghanistan. There are various gauges with which to determine how reached a people group is, but regardless of which way you look at them, these Shi’ite Muslims are almost entirely without any gospel witness. As far as we know, there are no active communities of Christ-followers among them.
Like other Shi’ite Muslims, they believe the five articles of faith outlined in the “Shi’ite Roots of Religion”: oneness, justice, leadership, prophet hood, and the Day of Resurrection. Several of these five set them apart from Sunni Muslims, and give the follower of Isa (Jesus) a wide open door to present Christ to them using their customs and language.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for missionaries to go to these people and proclaim the Oneness of God our Father expressed in three persons (Deut. 6:4), the justice that God represents and calls His people to seek (Isaiah 1:17), exalting Jesus as the prophet of God (Matt 21:11), explaining the leadership that was given to Jesus, the only infallible teacher and prophet of God, and not any human medium. Pray for the glory, power and example of the Resurrection of Christ as the first fruits of the dead (1 Cor. 15:20) to make manifest their need of such a Great High Priest.