Thu, Nov 1: Jesus
said, "Give to Caesar
what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s." – Matthew
22:21 Bakary and his family cast their vote for their new
president last month. The days leading up to the election were
exciting and tense. But Bakary himself was more concerned with
the price of rice and how he was going to feed his family than
the empty words of politicking. But the words he hears on the
radio every day now, are those also just empty words? Pray
that the Scripture radio spots and the radio broadcasts will
fill the hearts of the MNK to know that God desires so much
more than man, and that God’s words are always true.
Fri, Nov 2: My
mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor
all day long. – Psalm
71:8 Binta’s daughter, Tida, goes to the government school
in town. One of her teachers is from Nigeria; she is different.
She does not act like the other teachers. She dresses like
them and she speaks like them, but she isn’t like them at all!
She seems happy all the time. She is rarely upset. She never
beats the children for disobedience. Pray for West African
Christians who live and work among MNK to display the true
Joy of the Lord.
Sat, Nov 3: Come
here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. This is
how you will know
that the living God is among you. – Joshua 3:9-10 How?
How will I know that the Living God is here? Which words should
I listen to? Lamin can’t get these words out of his head. He
heard them on the radio yesterday, but doesn’t understand them.
The Living God? Among us? Islam teaches that God is omnipresent,
yet distant. Pray that Lamin will have an experience like
the Ethiopian eunuch with a faithful servant, like Philip (Acts
Sun, Nov 4: For
no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. – 2
Corinthians 1:20 This is the point where many Muslims fall.
They either don’t know or won’t acknowledge that every one
of the promises made by God in Scripture has been fulfilled!
Every one of them! Not a single one has He forgotten. Bakary
saw this Scripture on a poster in the market. Now he wonders
where can he find the promises God made and how they have been
answered. Pray that believers and the Reading Rooms will
be ready and available to point men like Bakary to the Truth
found in Scripture.
Mon, Nov 5: Your
word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. – Psalm
wives have begun attending literacy classes taught in a nearby
village. Every month a new poster is hung in the classroom,
and at the end of the month, each participant is given a copy
of it. In a 12-month period, these posters will progress from
the sovereignty of God through salvation. Pray that these
posters will be read often and that God’s Word will begin to
light the path of those who read them.
Tue, Nov 6: What
must we do to do the works God requires? – John 6:28 The
men have asked the Toubob to answer this question. It is
one that every religion
in the world tries to answer. They are hoping to somehow confuse
the issue of belief and focus on man’s accomplishments instead.
MNKs are taught that the work they do on God’s behalf is what
pleases God. With the fast month approaching, this is an important
point. Pray that these men will clearly hear the answer
and learn that God looks at our motives, not our works.
Wed, Nov 7: Jesus
work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." – John
6:29 The men sit scratching their heads. They are terribly
confused; this was not the answer they were expecting. How
can God’s work be to believe? They are missing the point.
Satisfying God comes from whom we believe in, not what we do.
To accomplish God’s work, we are to believe in Him, and the
One whom He sent. Pray that believing will become
more important in the MNK thought process than doing.
Thu, Nov 8: Listen,
my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. – Proverbs
1:8 Kadi’s youngest son has just gone out to the bush for
the circumcision rite. While Kadi doesn’t know exactly what
the boys are taught, she knows what she was taught as
a young girl, and can only imagine what the men say about women.
Yet she heard the Toubob say that David’s son, the great King
Solomon, admonished children to listen to and heed both parents.
But that isn’t the MNK way. Pray that as the Word of God
goes out, many MNKs will be confused in their hearts and truly
struggle to find the Truth.
Fri, Nov 9: Let
your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before
you. – Proverbs 4:25 Tida’s
teacher said this to one of the boys in her class yesterday
while they were taking a test. Tida thought it must be a proverb
from her homeland and said so to a friend. The teacher explained
that indeed it was a proverb, but it came not from her homeland,
but from God’s Word. Tida marveled at this woman’s memory;
how did she learn that? Pray that all believers among the
MNK will be faithful to share from God’s Word regularly! Pray
that we, as God’s children, will KNOW His Word.
Sat, Nov 10: Every
good and perfect gift is from above. – James 1:17 One
of Binta’s best friends,
Fanta, is at the hospital with her only son. He is 10 years
old and very ill. He gets like this every year. Fanta says
it is God’s will. That is man’s lot in life, to suffer, to
have pain; the more pain, the greater the reward at death.
Yet, Binta has been listening to the radio and has heard that
God is good. If God is good, how can he send evil to a family?
Confusion reigns in her mind. Pray that Binta and other
MNK women will know that God is Sovereign, Good, Faithful and
Just; in Him is found no evil
Sun, Nov 11: For
the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen
those whose hearts are fully
committed to him. – 2 Chronicles 16:9 Bakary’s childhood
friend, Lamin, called himself a Christian for many years. But
now it seems he has distanced himself from that group. Bakary
hopes he is repenting, returning to Islam. But Lamin is only
confused, hurting, having a crisis of faith. And unfortunately
he believes he is completely alone. Pray for many like Lamin
who become discouraged; pray they will be able to hold to the
truths they know to be true; pray for them to have faith like
a mustard seed; pray that Lamin will hear this and be encouraged.
Mon, Nov 12: If
anyone says, "I
love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. – 1 John
4:20 The boys witnessed a terrible fight yesterday between
two men in a field; one was accusing the other of stealing
his peanuts. When the physical fight was over, the boys thought
that was the end of it, but they heard insults and threats
and warnings and hate going back and forth for a long time.
Later that night, Bakary explained that there would be bad
blood between these now for years. Both called the name of
God. Both declared they were in the right and God would repay
the evil. Pray that this truth from 1 John will permeate
human society, not just among the MNK. Love and hate cannot
inhabit the same space.
Tue, Nov 13: Do
what is right and good in the Lord’s sight. – Deuteronomy
6:18 Today Tida’s
teacher once again amazed her class with a proverb. At least
that’s what they thought it was. But, again, she told them
it was a teaching of God. Though confused, the children were
afraid to ask her any questions in class. It’s never a problem
to discuss Islam in school, but you open yourself to ridicule
and persecution if you ask about Christianity. Tida saw her
best friend talking with the teacher in hushed tones after
class. How can you know what is right in God’s sight? Pray
that the schools will be filled with teachers whose loving
presence will be like a magnet for children to the Truth.
Wed, Nov 14: Test
everything. Hold on to the good. – 1 Thessalonians 5:21 MNKs
are not taught independent thought. They are not taught problem
solving techniques. From
childhood, a westerner is taught to figure out why something
isn’t working and how to make it work. But in this society, fixing something
might make you look better than someone else or at least different.
If it was good enough for our ancestors, it is good enough
for us. Pray that the MNK will truly look at their religious
beliefs and seek the truth; pray for this communal society
to understand their individual role before God.
Thu, Nov 15: Do
not follow other gods. – Deuteronomy 6:14 The children are getting ready
for their nightly Islamic classes around the bonfire. Here,
they sit and are taught how to say the rote prayers. It is
here the elders tell them the stories of the prophets, as taught
by Islam. It is here they are taught that Christians worship
three gods (God, Jesus, Mary), not just one. It is here they
learn that Islam is the only true religion. Pray
that the children will learn that many of the tenants of Islam
have their origins in the worship of the One True God, but
over the years have become perverted by man.
Fri, Nov 16: Then
they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look
for me but will
not find me. – Prov 1:28 Today is the first day of the
Islamic holy month of Ramadan. For the next 28-30 days, Muslims
worldwide will not eat or drink during daylight hours. Pray
that the MNK will open their hearts to find the One they are
seeking; pray that the Evil One will no longer bind their eyes
Sat, Nov 17: Call
to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable
things you do
not know. – Jeremiah 33:3 Every night during Ramadan, entire
villages and neighborhoods gather together for special prayers;
in other words, they go to "church" every night!
Men sit inside the mosque, while women and children gather
outside. But they cannot conceive of a God who would choose
to interact with mankind! Pray for MNK men, women and children
to seek after the God who created the heavens and the earth
in a plan to wondrous to fully comprehend.
Sun, Nov 18: If
you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. – Matthew
Ramadan, even the women do a lot of praying. Yet these words
spoken by Jesus are very confusing to Fatou, Binta and Kadi.
Even Mohammed didn’t make that claim. As they walk home from
their literacy class, they begin discussing what they know
of Jesus, the magical things he did as an infant, etc. How
could Jesus say that? Is there a different magical charm they
should buy? Pray that MNK women will come to truly believe
in the One True God, and that their belief will be the result
of an unwavering faith.
Mon, Nov 19: Seek
the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. – Isaiah
ponders this as he eats his breakfast before sunrise. What
does that mean? Call on him while he is near? God is never
near. And how can you find God? Non-Muslims have such blasphemous
ideas of knowing God. Pray for Bakary that the Word
of God will invade his mind, that he will see it in the market
place, that he will hear it on the radio.
Tue, Nov 20: And
everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. – Acts
heard this verse in her literacy class. She calls on the name
of Alla every day; yet, Islam does not teach assurance of anything,
except that God may or may not accept you. She wonders who
this applies to…is it really everyone? What an interesting
religion this must be if you have assurance of salvation. Why
would you continue to serve God if your place in paradise was
guaranteed? Pray that Kadi and other MNKs will know that
our joy of service comes from love and faith in a Just and
Living God, not in fear of His wrath.
Wed, Nov 21: I
will proclaim the name of the Lord. – Deuteronomy 32:3 Standing
in the mosque, shoulder to shoulder with his Muslim brothers,
he is proclaiming the name of the Lord. He is reciting what
he has heard from childhood, but now, in his old age, he wonders… He
believes there is a God, but his mind will not allow him to
conceptualize a personal relationship with him. Pray that
as Muslims worldwide stand together, that of one voice, they
will truly proclaim the name of the Lord and come to
Thu, Nov 22: O
God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts
for you. – Psalm 63:1 As
our MNK friends fast, join us in praying that they
will truly seek after God. They do not seek the True face
of God; rather, they seek the one who can supply their physical
wishes, not necessarily their spiritual needs.
Fri, Nov 23: Love
the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your strength. – Deuteronomy
6:5 As Lamin begins washing his feet, his hands, his head,
his eyes, his ears, and his mouth, he remembers what the Toubab
told him about loving God. Respect? Yes. Fear? Yes. Obey? Yes.
Proclaim? Yes. But love? Of the 99 names for God in Islam, love is
not one of them. Pray for MNKs during this fast month that
they will yearn for the relationship with their Creator that
was lost in the Garden of Eden, and that they would learn about
Sat, Nov 24: Man
does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes
from the mouth of
God. – Matthew 4:4 As Fatou walked home from town last
night, she passed some people working in their field who had
their radio on. She stopped to listen to the news, and heard
these words spoken at the end of the news. She wanted to hurry
home to break fast with her family, but was so struck by what
she heard that she walked very slowly, thinking it over and
over. How can you hear a word from God? Pray for Fatou and
other MNK women to hold to the truths they are hearing daily
on the radio.
Sun, Nov 25: O
Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How
long will you harbor
wicked thoughts? – Jeremiah 4:14 As Jeremiah wept over
Jerusalem, so those of us who work among the MNK weep. God
longs to fellowship with them, just as he longs to fellowship
with every living human being. Pray that each of us will
wash the evil from our hearts and turn to God in true repentance
Mon, Nov 26: Jesus
went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching
the good news
of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among
the people. – Matthew 4:23 Jesus was a good man. According
to the Qur’an, he was a great prophet who did miraculous things.
He was sinless. But he was not the son of God. Pray that
as the teachings of Jesus are announced over the radio that
MNK will believe; pray that they will believe not just the
parts of the Bible that they like, but the whole thing.
Tue, Nov 27: Blessed
are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God. – Matthew
can anyone who is poor, in spirit or otherwise, be blessed
by God? It is obvious that God is NOT blessing that person
or he wouldn’t be poor. And how can any human have the kingdom
of God? Sali thinks on these things as she lays down for her
afternoon rest. Pray for God’s Spirit to reveal Himself
to her as she sleeps!
Wed, Nov 28: Blessed
are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. – Matthew
was awakened in the middle of the night by wailing from the
next compound over. A young mother has died; they say she "had
fever". It is very difficult to determine the exact cause
of death in this part of the world. The woman was not physically
strong, having given birth only a month or so before fast month,
but she was keeping fast anyway. But the husband cannot be
comforted. How can mourning bring blessings? He is sad, but
his sadness gives way to fear. Where is his wife now? Pray
that the MNK will see that physical death, though sad, is but
a natural process; it is our eternal separation from God that
we should fear.
Thu, Nov 29: Blessed
are the meek for they will inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5 Meek!
What does that mean, meek? Does that mean weak? Binta’s son, Ibrima,
just finished helping with the circumcision rites with the
younger boys. He spent many hours talking about how to be a
MNK man, how to be strong, how to never be considered weak.
And now he hears that those who are meek will inherit the earth?
How can you inherit what doesn’t belong to your father? Oh,
those non-Muslims have some very confused ideas. Pray for
Ibrima to be able to listen with ears and a mind not controlled
by human thinking.
Fri, Nov 30: Blessed
are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they
will be filled. – Matthew
5:6 "Well if this is true, then I am greatly blessed
today!" thinks Lamin. He has been keeping the fast every
year since he was 8. The hunger isn’t so bad; you get used
to that. But, oh, the thirst! Those Christians don’t know what
they are talking about; after all, when do they fast? Pray
for every MNK to seek after God the way each of us seeks after
food and water; pray that our souls will truly yearn to know