Mon, Nov 1: All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. – Acts 2:4 Live Incarnationally Learning a new language is not easy, it is not fast and it is not glamorous. But it is absolutely imperative in order to share the Good News among the MNK. Pray for those who live and work among the MNK to be diligent in their language acquisition, day in and day out.

Tue, Nov 2: Then the commander said, “I had to pay a big price for my citizenship.” – Acts 22:28 Like most Muslims around the world, the MNK have a difficult time really understanding democracy. The majority of MNKs live in countries that espouse political freedom while dealing with the tension between freedom of thought and Islam. The ideologies lived out in the United States are only a dream to most MNKs. Pray for MNKs around the world to desire not just the freedoms guaranteed by a constitution written by man, but also to desire the freedom found in knowing Christ.

Wed, Nov 3: For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. – 1 Peter 3:18 The radio broadcast for tonight is Lesson 34, The Passover Lamb. This story is not included in the Qu’ran, though many other stories from Judaism are. The truth of Christ’s redeeming power as the True Lamb of God is a major stumbling block to MNKs. Pray for MNKs, as they listen to this lesson, to think about the sacrifice that has already been made to grant them eternal life.

Thu, Nov 4: Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. – Mark 1:35 Pray Intensely Focused, fervent prayer is necessary for a CPM to happen among the MNK. Prayer is considered the first priority of our work. Pray for those who live and work among the MNK to be diligent and committed to praying for the salvation of the MNK.

Fri, Nov 5: Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” – Mark 1:38 Sow Immensely Even in places where results are sparse, a missionary can become too comfortable or too familiar, which may lead to dullness and complacency. We must be diligent to remain fresh and excited about our task. Pray for those who live and work among the MNK to share the Gospel often and with many MNK.

Sat, Nov 6: Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” – Acts 3:38 Harvest Intentionally After the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, Peter explained what was happening to those who were nearby listening. He gave a concise and complete presentation of salvation, and called for repentance and baptism. The MNK may need to hear the Gospel many times. But often we are guilty of hesitancy in eliciting a response from those who may be ready. Pray for those who work among the MNK to not just share Christ, but also call for accountability and repentance.

Sun, Nov 7: Jesus said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” – Mark 5:19 Disciple Infectiously What is discipling? It is teaching obedience to Christ. It is training believers in the ways of Christ. It is helping believers know what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Jesus was quick to disciple this man...go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you. Seems like a simple thing, doesn’t it? Pray for new MNK believers to be discipled in such a way that they will be eager to share their experience with Christ.

Mon, Nov 8: Jesus said, “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts in under a bed. Instead he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.” – Luke 8:16 Congregate Immediately Work among Muslims is slow; the MNK are no exception. Yet when one does become a believer, he or she requires the strength that is found in the Body of Christ, for from within the Body comes the capacity to stand firm in the face of adversity. Pray for those who work among the MNK to be discreet with new believers, while at the same time encouraging them to seek one another out; pray for an open gathering of MNK believers.

Tue, Nov 9: When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey – no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic.” – Luke 9:1-3 Function Indigenously One of the most complex situations a missionary faces is the issue of dependency. Often it is easier for outsiders to “help” new believers than to facilitate them learning true reliance upon God, and God alone. We have the resources to “solve” many problems, but is that what God desires for us or the new believer’s growth? Is that what will enable the emerging church to grow? Pray for those who live and work among the MNK to earnestly seek guidance from the Holy Spirit when it comes to issues like these.

Wed, Nov 10: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9 Tonight’s lesson (#35), entitled A Path Through the Sea, focuses on the fact that man is helpless to save himself. Sometime in the next few days, MNKs, indeed Muslims worldwide, will celebrate the end of the annual fast month. They believe that forgiveness comes sometime during this month; they don’t know exactly when, hence the imperative to fast the whole month. Pray for MNK hearts and minds to be open as they listen to this lesson, while thinking about the end of Ramadan.

Thu, Nov 11: One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” – Luke 11:1 Equip Informally The pattern of the established church, the post-Pentecostal church, is to send pastors and church leaders to a school to learn how to be leaders. Jesus didn’t send his disciples to be trained in Jerusalem by a recognized Jewish scholar; rather He taught His disciples every day, all day, as they went through life together. Pray for those who work with MNK believers to model the kind of training that will enable MNK to witness and teach their family and friends the Truth.

Fri, Nov 12: After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. – Luke 10:1 Lead Inconspicuously As MNKs come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, they must be able to differentiate between following Christ and following the religion of the missionary, or the missionary himself. We must take great care to empower new believers, rather than overwhelming them. Pray for MNK church leaders to emerge who, filled by the Holy Spirit, will take the Gospel to all MNK, men, women and children.

Sat, Nov 13: On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. – Acts 8:1,4 Multiply Infinitely As MNKs become believers and model appropriate evangelism strategies, they must share the Gospel and encourage believers to congregate together with the goal of sharing the Gospel further and gathering together for prayer and worship. Pray that the Holy Spirit will burn within MNK believers, compelling each one to tell a friend! As you pray, pray the same for your own church fellowship.

Sun, Nov 14: Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8 Live Incarnationally Jesus understood what He was telling the disciples when He gave them this directive. Jesus lived incarnationally here on earth; he was raised in the Jewish culture and spoke the language, but His nature was not of this world. He told His disciples to go outside of the familiar. For those who live and work among the MNK, the challenges of living day-to-day can become a hindrance to learning language and culture. Pray for those who live and work among the MNK to be given the gift of cultural understanding and language comprehension & speech.

Mon, Nov 15: One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. – Luke 6:12 Pray Intensely As missionaries, we do spend time in prayer for the salvation of the MNK, and specific people we know, but it would be difficult to recount the last time we spent all night in prayer. The examples of Jesus’ commitment to communing with the Father abound throughout Scripture. It is also quite common in Muslim circles to have an all-night reading of the Qu’ran. Pray for those who live and work among the MNK to not be so busy doing that we neglect our most significant task, that of interceding on behalf of the MNK; pray for MNK believers to be likewise burdened for their families.

Tue, Nov 16: So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:11 Sow Immensely An amazing thing has happened! The manager at the radio station airing the chronological Bible lessons reported such a positive response from people that he is now going to air the lessons a 2nd time every week, at no additional charge! First he gave us a discount...now he is doubling our air time! The station manager doesn’t realize it, but he is being used by God...truly, God is at work. Pray for those MNK who are hearing these radio broadcasts; pray for the emptiness in their hearts to be filled with God’s Word.

Wed, Nov 17: He humbled you to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. – Deuteronomy 8:3 Food in the Desert (Lesson 36) is the title of tonight’s radio broadcast. MNKs have just completed a month-long fast, where they did not eat or drink from sunup to sundown every day for a lunar month. Pray that this lesson about God’s loving care and provision will speak to the MNK heart that longs to be cared for, that longs to know the Bread of Life.

Thu, Nov 18: The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. – Acts 8:34-35 Harvest Intentionally This is a perfect example of intentional harvesting. Philip was directed by an angel of the Lord to eventually meet up with this Ethiopian eunuch. Philip initiated the conversation by asking if the eunuch understood what he was reading. Philip was reaching out cross-culturally, just as the cross of Christ is able to cross ALL cultures. Pray for those who live and work among the MNK to be alert to opportunities arranged by the Holy Spirit to share Truth.

Fri, Nov 19: Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20 Disciple Infectiously Coming from western backgrounds, we expect new believers to have complete faith in Christ before they have any Biblical knowledge. But many MNKs insist they need knowledge before they can make that leap of faith. Somewhere in the middle is the Holy Spirit. Praise God for those MNK who have accepted Christ as Savior, with limited knowledge. Praise God for those MNK believers who desire to be able to defend their new faith to their Muslim family and friends. Pray for a hunger within all believers to know the Word of God fully.

Sat, Nov 20:
When [Barnabas] arrived [at Antioch] and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. – Acts 11:23 Congregate Immediately When the church in Jerusalem heard of the great number of converts in Antioch, they sent Barnabas to both investigate and encourage. Already these new believers were gathering together for teaching and mutual encouragement. The church at Antioch was the first place converts were called Christians. Pray that MNK believers, young and old, educated and illiterate, rural and urban, will desire to gather to praise God together.

Sun, Nov 21: Paul went to Corinth and met Aquila and Priscilla. Because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. – Acts 18:1,3 Function Indigenously Paul trusted God to meet all his financial needs. With his impeccable Jewish heritage and Roman citizenship, Paul could easily have demanded payment for the teaching he did in the temple. Instead he worked while he stayed with local believers. Pray for new MNK believers who are struggling with how to make a living while still sharing the Gospel; pray for those who work among the MNK that we will also be diligent in prayer for our MNK brothers and sisters in need.

Mon, Nov 22: Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus. Jesus himself came up and walked along with them. And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. – Luke 24:13,15,27 Equip Informally Just walking along the road, Jesus taught the Scriptures. MNKs come into our compounds all the time, often just to chat and pass the time of day. By teaching OT stories, we are not only witnessing to Muslim MNKs, but modeling to MNK believers (present and future) how simple sharing the Truth of God is. Pray for those who live and work among the MNK to take every opportunity to relate a Bible story; pray for MNK believers to have the courage to do the same in their own homes and compounds.

Tue, Nov 23: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but follow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. – Ephesians 2:19-20 Lead Inconspicuously Every new MNK believer must hold on to this truth from the very beginning, that they are now part of God’s household and that their foundation is not built on the person who shared Christ with them, but on Christ Jesus himself! Pray for new believers to lean completely on Jesus; pray that MNK believers will have Scripture in a form they can “read” – oral or written, Roman or Arabic script – so as to learn these truths for themselves every day.

Wed, Nov 24: All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. – Isaiah 64:6 Fiery Mt. Sinai, Lesson 37, teaches about God’s terrifying holiness! The Israelites said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” (Ex 20:19) To this day, MNKs do not want to hear the voice of God; they intensely fear God’s wrath and cannot fathom that He is both Holy and Loving. Pray for hearts that will be receptive to the voice of God; pray that God will reveal Himself to the MNK in visions and dreams.

Thu, Nov 25: So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. – Colossians 2:6-7 As you eat a plethora of food today, visit with family and friends, watch football games, and consider all the things in your life you have to be thankful for, thank God for His provision of a Savior. Pray that this time next year, more than 20 MNK believers with gather together somewhere to give thanks to God for His bountiful spiritual and physical provisions.

Fri, Nov 26: Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. – 2 Tim 2:14 Multiply Infinitely The MNK are taught from childhood specific “arguments” to use when defending Islam against Christianity. This is the religious heritage they come from, one of arguing to make a point, of besting another with words. As the MNK take the Truth from village to village, these situations will arise. Pray that MNK believers will be so filled with the Holy Spirit that those who seek to argue with them and embarrass them will have their mouths shut like those of the lions in the story of Daniel (6:22).

Sat, Nov 27: So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.” – Mark 3:23-26 Live Incarnationally There are multiple examples within MNK culture that evidence direct contradiction between MNKs claim to follow Islam and their fervent hold to “cultural” practices. MNK believers must sort through these things; followers of Christ must be prepared to instruct by pointing to Biblical teachings. Pray for those who live and work among the MNK to live incarnationally, to be prepared to speak up when a cultural practice is contrary to the teachings of the Holy Spirit; pray for wisdom, knowledge and insight.

Sun, Nov 28:
Jesus prayed, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me.” – John 17:20,23 Pray Intensely Among the MNK, the Gospel is being proclaimed by Germans, Swiss and Americans, by Balanta, Manjack and Jola, by men, women and children. Pray that each believer will have the stamina and conviction to not only pray for the salvation of the MNK, but that every witnessing encounter will let the world know that [God] sent [Jesus] so that the MNK might know Him.

Mon, Nov 29: Then Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” – Matthew 9:37-48 Harvest Intentionally The harvest doesn’t seem plentiful to those living and working among the MNK. Yet we see the hand of God at work in the hearts of MNKs. For the first time in history, there is the possibility of a witness among the MNK; in years past, there was no evangelical presence in their midst. Pray for us to be both bold and sensitive in encouraging the MNK to make a choice about salvation.

Tue, Nov 30: Boldly and without hindrance Paul preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ. – Acts 28:31 Sow Immensely With that verse the book of Acts comes to a close. What a challenge to those who live and work among the MNK! Pray that we will boldly and without hindrance preach Jesus Christ, the Resurrected Son of God, the Savior of all mankind to the MNK and anyone else who comes our way.

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