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
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
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
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
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.