Login |

GOD
HEARS
PRAYER LETTER

Apr 18 2018

Our powerful words

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!
Our powerful words

“And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And whoever sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears My words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.  The one who rejects Me and does not receive My words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority, but the Father who sent Me has Himself given Me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told M.e” (Jn 12:44-50)

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn 1:14)! The same Word that was spoken at creation to bring what didn’t exist into existence was given to us. He was sent so that we wouldn’t remain in darkness, but have the opportunity to receive the Word that gives eternal life (Jn 6:68) in the presence of the living God. The Holy Spirit reminds us of this Word and interprets it for us (Jn 14:26, 1 Co 2:6-16).

Allah also sent his word. He sent a spirit to dictate to a human (Muhammad) the contents of a book (the Qur’an), the original of which is said to be in heaven.  Many scholars have interpreted this book over the centuries by referring to other collections of books, the Hadith (Muhammad’s sayings and actions) and the Sira (Muhammad’s biography). This word offers the possibility of paradise if, in the end, Allah decides that one’s efforts to follow it have been worthy.

Surely, we who follow Jesus – the Word who came to

show us the Father and knew exactly what He was saying at every moment – surely we who’ve been saved by faith in that Word (even though we don’t deserve it) are the most blessed of all people (Eph 2:6-9). But that means we have all the more responsibility to speak the Word of life to others.

We’re commanded to speak “only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Eph 4:29). Our Lord tells us that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Mt 12:34b-37).

Prophecy is simply speaking forth the word of God, the testimony of Jesus (Rev 19:10). “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Pe 1:21). We, though human, have the Holy Spirit. What’s to stop us from speaking the Word of life, just as Jesus did? Muslims need to hear it! The word they depend on is a vain hope. Let’s pray:

You hold us accountable for every word we speak

Father, may our tongues be sanctified

We’re made in Your own image,

and You speak creatively

Help us, Lord, to speak the Word of life!

 

Father, may we speak life to Muslims today!

The comment feature is locked by administrator.
Sort by:
About Leslie
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.
There’s room at the table of blessing

There’s room at the table of blessing

Dec 05 2018

Our LORD is a God of abundant blessing. We read in the first chapter of Genesis how He blessed Adam and Eve (Ge 1:22, 28), and then He blessed Noah a...

Read More


Seeking higher ground

Seeking higher ground

Nov 28 2018

James declares, “The prayer of a RIGHTEOUS person is powerful and effective” (Ja 5:16). A principle of spiritual warfare is that hypocrisy comprom...

Read More


Fixing our eyes on Jesus

Fixing our eyes on Jesus

Nov 14 2018

Muslim-Christian dialogue. Some value it as a bridge-building strategy essential in a world where Muslims and Christians, characteristically distrus...

Read More


What does this have to do with me?

Nov 07 2018

Asia Bibi is a Catholic Pakistani sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws for insulting ...

Read More


Captive audience #2

Oct 24 2018

I’ve received more response to the October 10 GHPL than to any other I’ve written in 11 years. The ...

Read More


Captive audience

Oct 10 2018

Last week as I flew from Cairo to Frankfort, the Lord sandwiched me between two women wearing hija...

Read More


The church is here!

Sep 19 2018

In April of 2015, I sent out a GHPL titled, “The Syrians are here.” Here is an excerpt: “ The ...

Read More


Ask of Me

Sep 12 2018

The Lord woke me early this morning with a phrase from Psalm 2: “ Ask of Me, and I will make the na...

Read More


No shadow of turning

Sep 05 2018

The hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” has the wonderful expression, that “there is no shadow of turn...

Read More


Blowing in the wind of the Spirit

Aug 29 2018

Canada is currently involved in a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia. On August 2, Foreign Affairs M...

Read More