Daily Topic for July 29, 2003
What a beautiful paradox: “make every effort to enter that rest.” This verse simply summarizes the biblical balance between resting in God’s work and striving to accomplish God’s purposes. Any effort which is not based on a reliance on God’s work is vain and futile. Yet at the same time, we must not sit back complacently because of what God has already accomplished by creation and redemption. We must diligently labor while placing our confidence in God’s power working in and through us to accomplish the task before us.
Dear Father, lead us to work faithfully in prayer and in evangelizing the unreached, and to rest in the confidence that You will complete Your work.
Ali has just prayed his requisite fifth prayer of the day, but his heart is still in turmoil. He is doing what Allah requires, so why doesn’t he bless Ali with rain? Ali is a Larestani farmer, and his tobacco, cotton, and mustard crops will die if rain does not come soon. Ali is among the 37,000 Larestani people in southwestern Iran. Most are farmers, shepherds, or traders, and the lack of irrigation hinders agricultural growth.
The Larestani people are predominantly Sunni Muslims. In addition to praying five times a day facing Mecca, they must profess that there is only one God and that Mohammed was his prophet. They must also give alms to the poor, participate in ceremonial fasting, and make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca. Ali faithfully completes these dictates of Islamic law but still has great physical needs.
His spiritual needs are even more severe, for his separation from Christ has deadly eternal consequences. No Christians exist among the Larestanis, and no Christian material is available in their language, Lari.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God would raise up courageous Christians who will somehow manage to live among and minister to the Larestani people. Pray that the Larestanis will soon accept the living water of Jesus who will nourish their souls for eternity. Pray that God will bless the Larestani people with abundant rain as a testimony of His goodness and power.-JJ
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