Daily Topic for June 29, 2011
How grateful we are for the blessings the apostle details in this passage! Have we ever considered why God has blessed us? The immediate context suggests that we are blessed so others will praise His glory (vs. 6, 12, 14). But what does that mean in our lives? God’s original covenant with Abraham promised him blessings, and those blessings were to be regarded as resources to carry out a mission to bless all the families of the earth (Zech. 14:17). Blessings are not for us alone, but to equip us to carry the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard.
Pray that the Father will make us a blessing to those we pray for like the Hokkien Chinese people in Cambodia.
While 90-95 percent of the Cambodian people are ethnically Khmer, the remaining percentage is mostly from Chinese people groups. The Hokkien are among these minorities. There are only about 5,000 Hokkien living in Cambodia today because most of them have integrated into the Khmer society, and tens of thousands of them were wiped out in the 1970s by war. The fact that the Hokkien valued education and sought good jobs was a key reason that they were one of the most decimated of the ethnic groups when the Khmer Rouge sought to exterminate the ruling class. The Khmer Rouge felt that they were too “Western.”
What little religion they practice today is mainly a blend of Buddhism and folk religion, including demon and ancestor worship. Sadly, they are bound by a constant series of actions that they feel they must take in order to protect themselves and appease these hostile forces. Fear permeates many of their lives.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that these economically privileged, but spiritually impoverished people will be loosed from the spirits that bind them. Pray that the veil might be lifted from their eyes, and that they will comprehend the love and abundant life that is offered them through Jesus Christ. Pray that the Lord will call workers to boldly, yet sensitively, present the gospel of Jesus Christ to them. Pray that their eyes will see, their ears will hear, and their hearts will accept the Lord God who loves them.