by Chuck Missler
Devout Muslims believe that Islam will eventually take over the world, which will be ruled by the 12th Imam, the Muslim messiah. There is an effort by militant Islam to get the world to submit to Allah as part of the whole plan. That’s the Muslim idea of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus never told his followers to take up swords and take over the world in order to prepare for his Second Coming. In fact, he said, "The meek shall inherit the earth." Yet, while we wait for Him, there is a spiritual war going on. Jesus never said we were not to fight. In fact, he said that the "gates of hell" would not prevail against the Church.
That’s good news. Prayer is our first line of offense against the true enemy – the enemy of our souls. Here are some of the things people are doing to use that primary weapon.
Millions of children go missing every year. When three-year-old Madeleine McCann was kidnapped out of her parents’ hotel room in Portugal last year, many Christians started to pray for the safe recovery of the little girl. The Madeleine Prayer Circle was formed to continually pray for her safety and recovery. Participants are also praying against human trafficking in Europe in general, where countless children are being bought and sold and put in serious danger.
John Wearne of the Madeleine Prayer Circle explains their purpose. "We feel that the battle is spiritual and by going through prayer that God will listen to the cries of His people and that this will sway the spiritual balance in Madeleine’s favour," said Wearne.
The Salvation Army also promotes prayer for victims of human trafficking. This past weekend, prayer walks were organized in consolidation with the third annual International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for the Victims of Sexual Trafficking, to raise awareness of this massive worldwide travesty.
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) workers are uniting to pray for the situation in India, where tens of thousands of Christians have been forced to flee their homes in the face of Hindu attacks. An anti-Christian Hindu leader was killed in late August and, in response, radical Hindus have attacked and burned Christian homes and churches. Authorities have declared that Maoists were responsible for the assassination, but attacks against Christians continue. YWAM reports that members of its ministry in the Orissa state of India have been beaten and have lost their homes. Team members are working hard in the area to provide for the basic needs of refugees.
YWAM is calling for its workers around the world to take this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to pray and fast, just as Esther and her maids did when Haman wanted to wipe out the Jews.
"Our brothers and sisters in India are suffering in a way many of us have never faced and we must stand with them, strengthening them with our prayers as they pursue God’s purposes in that nation," said one of the YWAM leaders in India.
Chief Police J.O. Menindez has a heart for gang members and has been reaching out and leading prayers for gangs in his community. The results have been extremely encouraging. After a month, the gang-member-filled youth group at his church has 40 members and is growing. Praying for and reaching out to gang members in the love Christ is much better than having to throw them in jail in a few years.
See You At The Pole
Thousands of teens across America met at their school flag poles last Wednesday to pray together for their schools and country and the things important to them. This gathering time has become an annual tradition since the movement started in 1990 in Burlseon, Texas. See You At The Pole is held every year on the fourth Wednesday of September.
Forty Days of Prayer
The Bible tells of several 40-day time periods that brought about significant change. With that example in mind, especially Jesus’ own 40 days in the wilderness, churches across America are taking the 40 days before the elections to call people to fasting and prayer.
For the Unborn: Pro-life advocates across America and the U.S. territories are unifying to pray and fast for the unborn in the weeks leading up to the elections. For forty days, these people will pray both on their own and together in groups, and will also gather to hold peaceful vigils at abortion clinics.
For the Nation: Others are taking those same weeks to pray and fast for America as a whole. Hundreds of churches are taking this time to petition God about the economy, moral issues, terrorism, and about the future president. It’s a time for humbling and putting day-to-day concerns aside in order to get at the heart of God.
As one pastor said, the purpose of the time is, "Where people are not consumed with their own things, their own thoughts, their own lives, but are totally dedicated to what God’s will is and what God’s plan is for us as a church."
All of Us
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the world’s troubles. There are not enough hours in the day to pray for all the problems out there! It’s easier to focus on the things in our own lives, our own family members and our own finances and troubles. It’s harder to care deeply and daily about people whose faces we’ve never seen.
Yet, even as we pour out our hearts to God for the things important in our own lives, we need to remember something vital Jesus said in Luke 6:33:
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
God knows we need to pay our bills. He knows we want Him to protect and guide our children. He knows we need His direction. And, we should definitely keep praying for these things and trusting Him for them daily. Even so, we should also take some time every day to simply seek God’s Kingdom.
How can we partner with God in accomplishing His will in the darkest places on earth? It could be that God is ready to do something wonderful in a life, or a town, or a country, if only His people are willing to ask Him for it.
Seek ye first His Kingdom. Jesus says if we do, all those other things we need taken care of will be taken care of. Keep praying. The gates of Hell will not prevail if we do.
Related Links: • 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting Underway – CBS
• Police Chief Turns To Prayer For Gangs – KGBT4.com
• Teens, Prayer and the Impact – The Sampson Independent
• North Side Teens Find Unity With Prayer at Pole – The Jackson Sun
• ’40 Days For Life’ Campaign Highlighting Abortion Issues – Medical News Today
• Prayer Walk Planned For Victims of Sexual Trafficking – The Observer
• Christians Pray For Missing Madeleine – Christian Today
• YWAM Issues Call To Prayer and Fasting For India – Christian Today