Daily Topic for January 06, 2011

Obadiah 1:1
This is what the Sovereign Lord says…. An envoy was sent to the nations to say, ‘Rise, and let us go against her for battle.’

In this short but sobering prophecy the Sovereign Lord reveals the imminent destruction of Edom. Her pride, violence, and indifference to Israel’s misfortunes led God to bring judgment through defeat by other nations. Why was God so severe? Because Edom had exalted herself, saying, “Who can bring me down to the ground?” But God will not share His glory with another, and today, as then, He will act in such a way that all may recognize that the kingdom is the Lord’s (21).

Pray that the Lord will reveal His righteousness through us to all the kingdoms of the earth.

Dar Sila Daju people of Sudan

by NW

As we pray for the Darfur region this month, we are starting with two of the tribes that have lived there before the other ethnic groups arrived. Yesterday we prayed for the Darfur Daju people. Today we will pray for the other group, the Dar Sila Daju.

In this people group the older men dominate the families. Women are subordinate to the men, and sons are considered more important than daughters. Most of the people live in villages in homes with cone-shaped roofs. If they do live in a town area, the homes are generally rectangular in shape, with mud-brick walls and flat roofs. The women take care of the daily needs of sowing millet and sorghum in the fields and grinding grain and preparing meals.

The Dar Sila Daju people are almost entirely Muslim. Their Islamic beliefs have always been syncretistic, since they combine the teachings of the Qur’an with animism. We call this folk Islam. Their animistic beliefs include allegience to evil spirits and the practice of witchcraft. They live with much spiritual confusion and deception.

Historically the Dar Sila Daju are a war-like people, and this attitude permeates their thinking today. You will see the ugly results of this throughout the month as we pray for the Darfur Region.

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Pray for the Holy Spirit to tear down the strongholds of their folk Islamic beliefs. Ask God to send Christ followers to build relationships with them and lead them to faith in Jesus.

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