Mar 14 2018
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!
“Don’t think your prayers are small.”
A dear friend of mine walks in a mall when it’s too cold to walk outside. She has been noticing the large number of Muslim women, recognizable by their hijabs, in the mall. On Saturdays she sees Muslim families. Recently she began praying for them silently in her heart, declaring deliverance for them, asking for them to enter the Kingdom of God, praying that the children will be great in the Kingdom, and even prophesying over some of them when she could see something special in them.
One time as she was praying this way, she thought to herself, “It’s so little. I can’t really talk to them.” Immediately she sensed the Lord saying to her, “Your prayers are powerful. Do you believe in prayer?”
That started her on an interesting train of thought. Perhaps we devalue our normal everyday prayers because often we don’t see answers, so it appears that our prayers are small. But when we physically go out into the marketplace, we’re carrying Jesus with us, and He is backing our prayers. That’s a ministry. “One sows, another reaps”(Jn 4:37, 1 Co 3:5-9). Who knows if our prayers will sow what someone else waters and another reaps? Declaring the Kingdom of God in the Spirit prepares the way for a verbal declaration of the Kingdom by preaching the Gospel. Jesus was all about declaring the Kingdom from the very start of His ministry (Mk 1:15).
What if two or three went together into places where Muslims can be found to declare the Kingdom, even silently in their hearts as together they carry the Presence with them? The Bible makes it clear that the dunamis power of the Holy Spirit doesn’t add, it multiplies its effect (Lev 26:8, Dt 32:30, Mt 18:19-20).
I was thinking of what my friend had said to me, “Don’t think your prayers are small,” as I walked by a nearby mosque on my regular prayer walk. It encouraged me to pray even bigger prayers. It’s a university mosque, so it’s most likely a center where the Muslim Brotherhood has influence. The Muslim Brotherhood is often portrayed as a powerful, organized, influential stealth force for Islamism – and that it is. But I have Elohim* living in me by faith in Jesus. His Holy Spirit shows me what to pray. I can’t (and wouldn’t) walk into that mosque, but the Holy Spirit isn’t limited by boundaries.
* The Hebrew word Elohim primarily indicates God’s power and preeminence (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words).
May I suggest that this week, you physically take your prayers to somewhere you are sure to see Muslims? If possible, take a friend.
At the mall when I was taking the photo above, I had the thought that Jesus would want to welcome these two young women into His family and Kingdom just as much as He once did me.
Ask Him to enlarge your heart and give revelation of what to pray and declare. Even if you don’t hear specific directions or feel strong emotions, simple prayers work so very well, and with Jesus behind them, they are powerful! Don’t think your prayers are small!
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