Fri, Oct 1: God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. – Numbers 23:19 With these words, Balaam declared that everything God says will come to pass, for it is God’s holy nature that compels Him to keep His promises and prevents Him from misleading anyone. The MNK are accustomed to filtering truth from falsehood in messages they hear on the radio, at their neighbor’s, or in the mosque. Pray for the MNK to delight in God’s Holy, Truthful and Unchangeable nature.

Sat, Oct 2: You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. – John 14:13 The radio broadcasts have been a bit off schedule. Happily, people inquire after the program when isn’t aired at the regular time. Pray for all of the technical aspects of this program; pray for the technician; pray for those who listen every Wednesday night; pray for MNKs to ask questions.

Sun, Oct 3: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone away, the new has come! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 An MNK who becomes a believer has many practices which need to be shed in favor of his new nature. But this can be extremely difficult in a society that encourages amoral behavior. Pray for new MNK believers to desire to leave their old habits of lying, cheating, and stealing as they grow as new creations.

Mon, Oct 4: The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. – Psalm 29:11 God provides strength for daily tasks, and the peace to deal with every circumstance that He allows into our lives. The MNK are constantly looking for strength through their amulets, and internal peace is unknown to them. Pray for MNKs to believe that God desires to bless them with strength and peace.

Tue, Oct 5: Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. – Genesis 8:21 God’s love and patience toward mankind is evident in every change of season. Among the MNK, that translates to a hot-dry season, a hot-humid-rainy season, and a cool-dry season. Each season brings new physical challenges to the MNK. Pray for MNKs to see God’s hand of mercy in every aspect of their lives.

Wed, Oct 6: By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. – Hebrews 11:24-25 Tonight’s radio broadcast, Lesson 30, begins a 15-weeks series on Moses. God made many promises to Moses, walking with him through the house of Pharaoh and the wilderness. Most MNKs cannot understand, however, why Moses chose to follow the path of God over the more physically and socially comfortable way of the palace. Pray for MNK men and women to grasp the faithfulness of God in this lesson; while other babies were being killed, Moses was being nourished by his own mother, nurtured in the house of Pharaoh, and watched by God Almighty.

Thu, Oct 7: Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. – Matthew 10:32 The temptation for many who convert from one major religion to another is to merge the practices of both. This is found among the MNK in both Islam (blending of animistic ways and Islam) and Catholicism (animistic or Islamic ways with Catholicism). Pray for those MNK who are hearing the Truth to accept it, and clearly acknowledge Jesus Christ as God’s Son.

Fri, Oct 8: Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. – John 4:13 Muslims fast one month out of every year; they do this zealously, believing they are earning a better opportunity to receive God’s favor. Each one will testify that it is not the doing without food that is difficult; it is the not swallowing anything from sunrise to sundown. Pray for MNKs to desire God’s water above all else.

Sat, Oct 9: I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6 MNKs believe that doing all the things prescribed by Mohammed in the Qu’ran is the way to paradise; they are not looking for peace with God. Pray that MNKs will accept Jesus as the only way to peace with God.

Sun, Oct 10: I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. – Matthew 17:20-21 Faith is a concept foreign to MNK Muslims. Their entire religious life is made up of working to please God and hoping that when they die, he will take into account all that they have done for him. Pray for MNKs to grasp that faith is not impossible, and that even the tiniest amount can accomplish what is humanly impossible; pray for MNKs who are believers to grow in faith.

Mon, Oct 11: Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. – Jeremiah 33:3 MNK Muslims spend a lot of time in rote prayer five times every day, and some may spend a few minutes in personal supplication. But none take the time to listen to see if God is speaking, to find out what God has to say; they are missing out on this remarkable promise. Pray for MNKs to desire to learn things only God can teach them.

Tue, Oct 12: If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. – John 8:31-32 Jesus made many if...then statements. MNKs hold to the teachings of Mohammed and believe they are his disciples and slaves to God. So this concept of holding tightly to the teachings of a prophet is well understood. Pray for MNKs to hear and understand the teachings of Jesus and become His disciple.

Wed, Oct 13: God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” – Exodus 3:14 Tonight’s radio broadcast, Lesson 31, is entitled Moses Meets God: I AM WHO I AM! Three of God’s attributes are brought out in tonight’s lesson: His holiness, His faithfulness and His mercy. Each of these is acknowledged by MNKs, but the perspective is skewed. Pray for MNK men to discover these attributes personally and teach them to their wives and children.

Thu, Oct 14: But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year. – Genesis 17:21 Sarah didn’t believe God would or could keep this promise. Apparently neither did Abraham, for he begged God to allow his son, Ishmael, whom he had with the Egyptian maidservant, Hagar, to live under your blessing. But what God promises, He will bring about, even if it seems impossible or takes a very long time. Pray for MNK believers to remain diligent in sharing the Gospel with their friends and family, even when it seems no one is listening or understanding; thank God for MNK believers.

Fri, Oct 15:
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. – Matthew 24:35 Muslims worldwide are beginning the obligatory month of fasting within the next few days. As MNKs contemplate these words of Christ, they are faced with the belief that Islam claims to have superceded Christianity. Still, the words of Jesus give them encouragement they do not find elsewhere. Pray for MNKs as they fast this month; pray for them as they say they desire to know God and serve Him; pray they will encounter Him this month in visions and dreams.

Sat, Oct 16: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9 Pray for those MNKs who are suffering from terminal diseases, such as AIDS and cancer; pray they will confess Jesus is Lord.

Sun, Oct 17: For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. – Matthew 18:20 This promise is one of tremendous encouragement when there are only one or two believers in an area. Gathering together for worship, Bible study and mutual encouragement is a new concept for MNK believers. Thank God for MNK believers who desire to gather with others to worship and pray; pray for strength to live in a spiritually hostile environment.

Mon, Oct 18: Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. – Revelation 3:20 Jesus’ desire is to fellowship with all who will open the door...Mandinka...Jew...Muslim... Buddhist...atheist. Pray that all those who hear Jesus’ knock will invite Him into their lives.

Tue, Oct 19: Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7 In the MNK world, spiritual darkness rules. MNK men, women and children live in fear of the night; they live in fear of evil spirits; they live in fear of offending their ancestors; they live in fear of fear. They do not have the spiritual strength to resist the devil. Pray for MNKs as they come to know Christ to claim the truth that through Christ they have the power to resist the devil and cause him to flee.

Wed, Oct 20: And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord. – Exodus 6:8 Tonight’s lesson, #32, is entitled, Who is the Lord? That was Pharaoh’s question...Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? MNKs have the same question...who is the Lord that I should believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, Son of God, Savior of the world, and Mohammed is not? Pray that MNKs will meet God as Moses met Him!

Thu, Oct 21: I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. – John 14:18 For the MNK, society is everything. Becoming a follower of Jesus means leaving the established fellowship and community of Islam for one that is isolated and lonely. Exclusion is the cruelest form of punishment to an MNK. Pray for new MNK believers to unite together, looking to one another for strength, comfort and community.

Fri, Oct 22: I will never leave you nor forsake you. – Joshua 1:5 This promise God gave to Joshua, though found in the Old Testament, applies to New Testament believers. MNK believers find themselves in tough situations daily. What should a man do when it is time to go to the mosque for Friday prayers, yet his heart belongs to Jesus? Pray for MNK believers to hold on to this promise and ask God for strength in difficult times.

Sat, Oct 23: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27 A mantra among the MNK is peace is everything. They will lie in order to not cause harm or create conflict. Internal peace is non-existent in their lives. Pray for the MNK to find the peace Jesus offers which passes all understanding!

Sun, Oct 24: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 A new MNK believer is studying day in and day out to know the truths of Scripture. He has found God. Pray for him as he relates his newfound faith to his family; pray they will desire to seek God.

Mon, Oct 25: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8 MNKs believe the Bible has been changed, and that only the Qu’ran accurately reflects the person of Jesus. As they encounter Scripture, they are faced with verses like this one. Pray for open ears and hearts to receive the truth of Scripture, especially the life and teachings of Jesus.

Tue, Oct 26: Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. – Psalm 27:10 The question was asked recently: “If a man knows that to follow Jesus will anger his parents, should he still do it?” Seems like a simple enough question, especially given this verse from Psalms. But for the MNK, it is not simple, for to go against one’s parents is tantamount to committing murder. Pray for MNKs who hear the Word of God speaking to them, but are stymied by tradition and culture; pray for courage and belief in God’s promises.

Wed, Oct 27:
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.’” – Exodus 7:8 Tonight’s lesson, #33, entitled The Plagues, shows how Pharaoh attempted to fight with God, but in the end, God’s promises through Moses came to pass. River turning to blood...frogs...gnats...flies...dead livestock...boils...hail...locusts...darkness. Pray for MNKs as they deal with a modern-day plague of locusts devouring their crops of rice, corn, millet and peanuts; pray that this will cause them to seek after God, and desire to worship Him.

Thu, Oct 28: We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. – Hebrews 10:10 During this month of fasting, MNKs are working to please God, to make sacrifices which will please Him and enable them to enter paradise. Scripture teaches that Jesus already made the sacrifice. Pray for MNKs to grasp the holiness of God, and that it is impossible for man, in and of his own strength, to make an adequate sacrifice; thank God for the sacrifice Jesus made on behalf of all mankind.

Fri, Oct 29: And you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. – Colossians 2:10 Pray for MNK believers to rid themselves of their amulets, acknowledging Christ as having all power and authority, and being their sole protector.

Sat, Oct 30: For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. – Romans 6:14 MNKs believe they have no power over sin...God created them able to sin, so He automatically forgives all of their sins. Clearly, sin is master of those who do not know Christ. Pray for the MNK to be freed from the guilt of sin through the blood of Christ; pray they will not allow the sinful nature of man to rule their lives.

Sun, Oct 31: I will not yield my glory to another. – Isaiah 48:11 God will not share His glory with anyone or anything. Conventional wisdom says that all religions are good...that if God is a loving God, He will not exclude anyone...that we must be open-minded of others’ ways. Scripture demands we teach Truth as established in the Bible, not as taught by culture or denomination. Pray for those who live and work among the MNK to maintain their focus on the Holy One of Israel and teaching only what is recorded in Scripture.



Copyright © 2010
All Rights Reserved

Problems with site webservant@mandinkapeople.org