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Nov 22 2017

Set the captives free!

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!
Set the captives free!

Recently I was praying with a couple about their plans to offer hospitality to a number of Muslim friends in the weeks before Christmas, providing opportunity to answer their questions about Christmas and, of course, Christ. While they were praying their guests would ask many good questions, I saw a picture in my spirit of a portcullis gate like the one in the photo. In captivity behind the gate were a lot of people whom I took to be Muslims. The gate was partly lifted, offering freedom!

I understood this picture to mean that Islam’s power to keep Muslims from questioning their faith, its doctrines and their prophet is being significantly weakened.  A flood of questions is coming! I also understood it to confirm the couple’s verbal prayer and as a clue that we should keep praying until the gate is completely lifted.

Forty thousand Syrian newcomers now live in Canada with rights and freedoms they didn’t have before, including freedom to question Islam, learn about other faiths and perhaps even choose to follow Jesus. The physical gate has been opened wide, but there is an invisible gate more formidable than international borders. It’s a mindset that says Muslims are born Muslim and can’t change, and that leaving Islam would be to reject God, embrace failure and betray one’s community. This is the gate I saw partially lifted.

Let’s thank the Lord for the Muslim refugees He has brought among us and that they are experiencing safety and freedom in new measures.

Thank God for His marvellous work of lifting this gate (that has been closed for 14 centuries) through a variety of means – dreams and visions, Internet and satellite TV, wars and dislocation, missionaries and more. Encourage Him to exercise His dunamis power  and lift it higher!

Pray for a flood of questions to come forth during this Christmas season, and for answers to follow. ANSWERS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FROM OUR SECULAR SOCIETY.  Pray believers will make themselves available to answer Muslim questions about Jesus – the Incarnate One, Prince of Peace, Redeemer, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, God the Son.

A key concern in the just-released Canadian Auditor General’s report is the lack of tracking of Syrian newcomers to know if they have access to basic services such as health care and education to help them benefit from Canada’s social, medical and economic systems and to integrate successfully. Many are in desperate situations now that their year of support has ended.

Declare that not one newcomer has slipped off the Lord’s list of those He cares for and loves. Ask Him to bless each one throughout the coming season in a manner that brings them relief, and Him glory.

Back to the partly lifted gate. Are you and I perfectly free to ask questions about what is going on around us? Do we feel free to speak boldly about the person and promise and power of Jesus? Or are we subject to a mindset shaped by our culture of political correctness and the supposed evil of making others uncomfortable?  Are we afraid of new ideas? Do we feel we must not unsettle our families and communities?

Take a moment of silence before the Lord and ask Him to show you where you haven’t been accountable to Him because of intimidation and fear. Repent for anything he shows you, and ask Him to help you live in His freedom.

Ask for a newcomer person or family to love this Christmas season.

Call forth His ambassadors from across the nation to complete Canada’s welcome to Muslim refugees by revealing the Prince of Peace, Son of the loving heavenly Father who gave His only Son for them.

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Leslie knows by faith and experience that our heavenly Father puts His prayers in our hearts and then listens to our hearts’ cry as we pray them back to Him. We hear God, and God hears us.
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