Daily Topic for March 22, 2017

Zechariah 12:10, NKJV
And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

Pray for these twin people groups to find mercy and grace in the eyes of the One whom all mankind pierced. Pray that they will lean on the arms of the One who was pierced for our transgressions.

Murego/Gubden People

In the book of Acts Paul said that before his conversion, “he was a Pharisee of the Pharisees.” If Paul had grown up in Dagestan, he probably would have come from the town of Gubden in Dagestan. This town has the reputation of being one of the fiercest fundamentalist Muslim epicenters in Dagestan.
People in Gubden are influenced by a zealous strain of Islam emanating out of Saudi Arabia. Women dress more conservatively than in the other Muslim regions of Dagestan. They devoutly pride themselves on their adherence to Muslim laws and rituals.
Paul writes in Philippians, “... as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal ... after the Law, above reproach.” Then he found “the power of the resurrection ...the righteousness which was not based on human strength, but through faith in Christ.” And “... what I previously highly valued, I now consider as rubbish, in contrast to the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”

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Pray for new “Apostle Pauls” among the religiously zealous Gubden people. Pray for the Lord to meet them on new Damascus roads in the mountains of central Dagestan. Pray that by the resurrection power of Christ, the fruit of the Spirit will begin to flower on these hillsides just like the fruit orchards one can see now. Two years ago, a Gubden woman accepted Christ. Pray for the Holy Spirit to influence this region through her testimony.

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