Daily Topic for July 29, 2012
One of sin’s most enticing deceptions is the insistent call to look out for our own interests first. In contrast, God’s Word tells us to be concerned about others. It also tells us that when we seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness, He will take care of us. We need daily encouragement, and a major purpose of this daily devotional guide is to encourage each of us to adopt as our own God’s concern for the salvation of all peoples, including the Black Moors. To know of their need for God’s love and to do nothing invites a spiritual hardness of heart.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will make our hearts sensitive to His love, not only toward us, but also for those like the Black Moors who do not yet know about the Savior.
The name Moor is derived from “Maur,” the Latin word for black. When the Romans conquered the North African coast, they named their newly acquired province “Mauritania,” the land of the blacks. Modern day Mauritania is located almost entirely in the Sahara Desert. The black Moors are the result of the mixing of Arab and Tamacheq peoples.
In 711 AD the Moors, along with a Berber and Arab army, invaded and conquered most of the Iberian Peninsula and parts of southern Italy. During the next 750 years they controlled much of this area. But then Christian kingdoms began the long, slow recovery in a process known as the “reconquesta.” In 1492 the last Moors were expelled from Spain and were driven south into North Africa’s Sahara Desert. The Moors quickly adapted to this harsh new environment. They employed camels as their mode of transportation, and soon were dominating the gold and salt trade in North Africa.
The Black Moors are Sunni Muslims who belong to the Malikite sect, which differs from the three other major Sunni Muslim groups in their prayer format. They do not look down during prayer like many Muslims, but open their eyes and look straight ahead.
Pray for the spiritual eyes of the Black Moors to be opened to the truth of Christ. Ask the Lord to send workers to this people group.