Oct 18 2017
God named Ishmael ‘God hears’ before he was born. Years later, God heard Ishmael’s cry when he was perishing in the wilderness and opened his mother’s eyes to see a spring of water from which she gave him drink – and he lived!
Islam claims Ishmael as a spiritual forefather. Today’s Muslims are in the wilderness perishing and crying out for living water. Let the Church pray to the Father to reveal the well of living water, Jesus, so they might live!
“FATHER! Help me!”
Warning: I find the content of this prayer letter to be disturbing, and I hope it touches our hearts deeply.
I was thinking to write about the orphan spirit in Islam after a conversation last week about multiculturalism in Canada in which my friend used the word “clamor” to describe how Muslims seem to approach ensuring they get the full benefits of this official Canadian policy. Clamor is loud, insistent, vehement, confused. It’s sufficiently intimidating that people are afraid to do anything to provoke them.
Thanks to Faisal Malick’s writing (Here Comes Ishmael, The Destiny of Islam in the Endtimes), I’ve long understood that clamor to have its root in Ishmael’s spiritual heritage. In the Aug 17/16 GHPL I wrote, “When Ishmael was ejected from Abraham’s family, he lost his father, his identity as son of the patriarch and his inheritance in one fell swoop. Thereafter he was known as the maidservant’s son…. A later son of the desert identified with his loss and rejection and institutionalized his trauma as the religion of Islam.” (See Mark Durie, Liberty to the Captives.)
I ran across a video of Mosab Hassan Yousef speaking at the Jerusalem Post 2016 Conference. The son of a Hamas leader in Ramallah, he fed information about terrorism to Israel’s Shin Bet for 10 years in order to save lives, including that of his radical father. Yousef concludes his speech with a “joke” that describes Muslims’ relationship with their god: A Muslim guy fell off a cliff and luckily there was a branch. He hung on the branch screaming to god, “God, help me!” He heard a voice coming from a cloud, “Son, let go. Let go. Trust me.” He let go. He fell, his bones were destroyed, and God said to him, “You idiot, you shouldn’t listen to me next time. You learned your lesson.” Yousef insists he speaks from experience.
Yousef clearly distinguishes between Muslims (the people) and the religious ideology of Islam that conditions Muslim societies. Speaking of his father, he says, “On a personal level, he’s a loving father. But when he puts [on] the Hamas mask – that he cannot exist without, he’s a monster, he’s something else.”
Have you experienced the unconditional love of your heavenly Father?
Have you experienced it to the extent that you deeply desire others to experience it too?
Do you know the Father’s heart well enough to love those whose clamoring threatens your comfort?
These are important questions to ask because we can be tempted to answer clamor with clamor – it’s happening all around us right now. Please read now the text in the box above that appears with the GHPL every week. Our God, who calls us to reveal living water to the spiritual descendants of orphaned Ishmael, is the Prince of Peace.
Let’s pray to the Father in childlike simplicity for…
- the Father to hear their cries for His love
- the Father to reveal Jesus as the only way to Him
- the Father to comfort them with His love
- all who already know the Father to express His heart to them abundantly in word and deed
Lord, we speak over Muslims who so need to know You as the good and gracious Father You truly are, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (many NT references). And we speak over believers, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God” (Mt 5:9). Amen.
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