Daily Topic for December 13, 2012

Galatians 5:1, ESV
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

The yoke of slavery represents being bound to the law, but freedom comes from putting faith in the finished work of Christ as payment for our sins. Every day Muslims like the one described in this story spend their lives trying to please Allah by obeying the law. Nor can they ever be free from the thought that their works are not enough. They can never experience the peace and freedom of being forgiven. Could it be that there are Muslims who are looking for something better?

Pray for the Holy Spirit to stir in the hearts of Muslims a desire for freedom from slavery to the law.

Southern Shilha Berber People

by EJD

The toothless old Southern Shilha Berber man sat on a low stool outside his mud-bricked house overlooking the terraced land where young able-bodied men worked the field tirelessly to raise a crop in harsh conditions. They were using their meager water supply with utmost care to raise enough crops to feed their families and hopefully have enough to sell some at the weekly market so they can buy other needed commodities.

The old man’s working days were behind him. He spends most of his days in quiet contemplation of life; the life of his children, grandchildren, and even his own life. When he was young all he could think about was what crops to plant or how he was going to buy sugar that week. Since his children began working the field he has had time on his hands for thoughts of a more sublime nature.

Staring at the lofty mountains beyond the terrace field, he is moved to think about the Almighty Creator. A pious Muslim, he was educated in the village Islamic school. However he has begun to realize that God must be more than what he heard about in the Qur’an. Doesn’t Allah want something more from us than following laws? A strange thought was vying for his attention. Who is Allah, really?

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Pray for the Southern Shilha people of Morocco and Algeria. Pray for Christ’s ambassadors to go to them and present the gospel to a people who yearn an experience with God.

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