Daily Topic for December 14, 2011
Jesus didn’t just do any service for His disciples; He did what was in that time considered to be about the most demeaning job of all: washing their feet. Like today’s Arabs, the Jews in Jesus’ time considered feet to be filthy and unclean. Jesus led His disciples by example. Then He told them to serve others. How would Jordan look today if political leaders and fathers were expected to humbly serve the people they lead? What would happen if everyone who has some leadership position had to serve others, and actually did it? It would amount to a revolution!
Pray that the Muslim Arabs of Jordan will be inspired to transform their nation by serving one another with love and kindness.
“Increase salaries for state employees!” shouted Arab protesters from the streets of Amman, the capital of Jordan. Tensions in the country soared this spring and into the summer as rippling tensions spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
Nearly all Jordanians are Sunni Muslims. Although more than half of Jordan’s population consists of Palestinians who have seen economic success in the business sector, the ruling Jordanian Arabs are feeling threatened.
Because much of the country is nearly uninhabitable, most of the population lives in urban settings. Amman enjoys modern comforts and a political alliance with the West. But the country’s economy, which relies greatly on foreign investment and tourism, is burdened by a record deficit of two billion dollars this fiscal year, rising foreign debt, rising inflation, and rampant unemployment and poverty. And with a move toward democracy, the Palestinians could out-vote Jordanian Arabs, further threatening their political interests.
Though Jordan boasts of religious freedom, many Arab believers feel threatened by an illegal political organization, the increasingly powerful Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood. Unlike the Arab populations in many countries, Jordanians have access to complete translations of the Bible as well as gospel radio and TV.
Pray that in this tumultuous time, Christian Arabic materials will find their way into many Jordanian homes and find receptive hearts. Pray that Jordan’s Arabs will clearly hear the gospel and respond favorably, as the field is ripe for the harvest right now.