Sep 1: Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the
spirit of God? – Genesis 41:38 Tonight’s radio
lesson (#27) is entitled Joseph’s Exaltation. Joseph
was imprisoned; now he is Pharaoh’s right-hand man. The
lesson points out life-situation similarities between Joseph
and the Messiah. Forgiveness, specifically the righteous of
God’s forgiveness, is a foreign concept to the MNK. Pray
for those who are listening tonight to hear and contemplate
these similarities; pray for clarity during the broadcast.
Sep 2: So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking
boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his
grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders. – Acts
14:3 Grace is defined as the free unmerited love and favor of
God. The early church witnessed God’s grace in unprecedented
ways. MNK men and women need to comprehend that they can do nothing
to earn God’s grace...it is free and unmerited by man!
As of now, they work very hard at keeping the five Islamic pillars
in order to achieve grace. Pray for the MNK to joyfully receive
Sep 3: Jesus said, “Sanctify them by truth; your
word is truth.” – John 17:17 To be sanctified means
to be set apart for sacred use, cleansed and made holy. As believers
we are sanctified by believing and obeying the Word of God. Jesus
was praying that knowing and applying God’s Word on a daily
basis would keep His disciples on the path of truth. MNK value
knowledge of Scripture; many memorize large portions of the Qu’ran;
unfortunately they memorize it in Arabic, a language they do
not understand. Continue to pray for the MNK Bible translation
work; pray for those MNKs who are involved; pray for those missionaries
who are involved; pray that as MNK become believers, they will
value the memorization of God’s Word.
Sep 4: Zechariah, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied: For
you, my child, will go on before the Lord to prepare the
way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through
the forgiveness of their sins. – John 1:76-77 The difficulty
with the word salvation is that implies “being saved”,
and the MNK have no concept of needing to be saved from anything.
They have resigned themselves to God’s judgment and His
whims...they have no assurances of anything, save physical death
itself. Pray for the MNK to acknowledge their need for salvation
by acknowledging their sinful nature
Sep 5: For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from
observing the law. – Romans 3:28 Justification
implies that we are pardoned and accepted by God through faith
in the Savior and Messiah, Jesus Christ. For the MNK, being pardoned
by God denotes keeping the fast, giving alms, going to Mecca,
doing all the things a good Muslim does. Faith does not enter
the thought process. Pray for the MNK to desire to acquire faith,
to understand faith, to live by faith in the One Holy and Just
Sep 6: Jesus said: 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 Webster
defines peace as “the absence of mental stress or anxiety”.
This certainly was the kind of peace Jesus was describing. Few
MNKs know peace. They discuss a great deal about living in peace
with one another, keeping peace between families and villages,
not creating discord within relationships. But it is impossible
to live in the absence of mental stress or anxiety unless you
know the one who is Peace. Pray for MNKs to discover the peace
which passes all understanding and allow the peace of God to
guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4).
Sep 7: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain
of what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1 Faith is
difficult. To have unquestioning belief in anything is thorny,
but to do so in a religious context is complex. Various Christians
argue that absolute faith implies the absence of rational thought
processes. The MNK lack faith because they lack confidence in
anything outside their physical control. The expression, “If
God wills,” is used to excuse laziness, lack of desire,
or intentional deception. Pray for the MNK to find faith in the
One who is always Faithful.
Sep 8: You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to
accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many
lives. – Genesis 50:20 Lesson 28, Joseph: The Rest of the
Story is tonight’s radio broadcast. As the story of Joseph
closes, so does the first book of the Bible, Genesis. MNKs have
been listening for nearly seven months to how God created the
world and how sin entered the world. Revenge is a strong concept
among the MNK; Joseph’s willingness to forgive his brothers
is a startling notion. Pray for the eager souls who to listen
to these messages regularly, though perhaps clandestinely.
Sep 9: Jesus said: I have told you this so that my joy may be in
you and that your joy may be complete. – John
15:11 Joy is often defined as being happy or delighted, an emotional
state. The joy Jesus described is so much more. It is a state
of being and a state of thinking. MNK men rarely express emotion,
especially joy. They may appear happy when a baby is born or
a marriage is cemented or a new mosque is built, but to see the
evidence of joy reflected in their faces is non-existent. Pray
for MNK men to find the joy that Jesus came to give to us...He
gave us His joy so that our joy would be complete...in Him.
Sep 10: There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,
because fear has to do with punishment. The one who
fears is not made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18 Love is
a nearly foreign concept to the MNK. They believe that in caring
for their children, caring for their spouses, caring for their
parents, they are expressing love. But in reality, love exposes
them to attack, to ridicule, and to destruction. Pray for the
MNK to come to know the One whose love is perfect and give peace.
Sep 11: Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he
who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:22 Many believe
that hope is only hope if there is sufficient reason to believe
the things we hope for will come to pass. But to the believer,
hope is true confidence that God will fulfill all His promises
and that all will be renewed. To the MNK, hope is another of
those terms that translates with great difficulty, for hoping
that it will rain is not the same as hoping to see the glory
of God. Pray for the MNK as they listen to these translated terms
to hear and grasp Truth with God’s ears and heart.
Sep 12: Like a city whose walls are broken down is the man who
lacks self-control. – Proverbs 25:26 The MNK value
self-control and rarely speak quickly or haphazardly. In any
discussion among the elders, each has an opportunity to express
his opinion, usually in a long, drawn-out, dispassionate manner.
Flashing anger is a thing of shame. This does not mean the MNK
do not harbor resentment or anger or frustration; they do, and
when an explosion occurs, it is quite disastrous. Pray for the
MNK as they encounter Western believers who often display their
negative emotions; pray for missionaries to allow this fruit
of the Holy Spirit to cover every frustration which occurs every
Sep 13: But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for
it patiently. – Romans 8:25 Now here is a term
that MNKs present with abundance! From earliest childhood, they
are taught, admonished and exampled how to be patient...patient
with their spouses....patient with their children...patient with
their elders. It is a warming sight to observe MNK adults displaying
this characteristic with annoying adolescent boys! But patience
in religious terms implies waiting powerlessly for whatever decision
God makes regarding the eternal soul, personal accountability
and responsibility aside. Thank God for the characteristic of
patience that the MNK display; thank God for His patience; pray
for the MNK to seek God as He patiently waits for each one.
Sep 14: I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must
turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. – Acts
20:21 Ninety-nine percent of MNKs are Muslims. Many are as zealous
for spreading Islam as we are for sharing Christ. A colleague
who works with another people group recently stated in a public
forum that she and her husband were not the first missionaries
to live in their village; many years before, an MNK religious
leader came and lived there, and the village converted to Islam.
This is not the only tribe to have been so affected by the presence
of the MNK. To an MNK, repentance means turning to Islam. Great
care must be taken when sharing this concept with MNKs. Pray
for MNKs to repent of their sins against God and turn to the
One through whom salvation comes.
Sep 15: Everything that was written in the past was written to
teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement
of the Scriptures we might have hope. – Romans 15:4 The
Righteous Way radio broadcast tonight is Lesson 29, Review of
the First Book of the Torah (Genesis). The MNK are encouraged
to read and examine the Torah (first 5 books of the Bible), the
Psalms, and the Injil (the Gospels), yet most have never read
any of the books. They rely entirely upon one another and the
Qu’ran as the final revelation and believe that whatever
is found in the Bible is also in the Qu’ran. Pray for the
MNK to develop an unnatural hunger and deep desire to discover
for themselves what the Word of God teaches.
Sep 16: Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even
every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.—Gen
8:21 The boys are at it again! Pushing, tugging, hitting, yelling.
Kadi just came in from the rice field, exhausted, and is ready
to discipline her eldest son. But her mother-in-law gently admonishes
her; “Leave him alone; he’s just a child; God doesn’t
remember these kinds of things; it’s only after he is older,
married.” For the Mandinka, personal accountability is negligible;
just about everything can be explained or excused away, especially
for boys. Pray for the MNK to acknowledge that sin is a choice,
which can be overcome through the power of the Risen Savior.
Sep 17: And what does the Lord require of you? To act
justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.—Micah
6:8 It’s Friday, time to go to the mosque. It is easy to
spot those who have made the obligatory pilgrimage to Mecca.
Both men and women wear a very distinctive scarf, adorned with
a black and gold braided headpiece. Every eye is on them as they
walk proudly to the mosque. Every MNK boy waits for the day he
can wear the headdress. Pray that the MNK will come to know the
truth of what God requires of them…to act justly, love
mercy and walk humbly with Him.
Sat, Sep 18: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men.—Colossians 3:23
Modou has just gotten a government job with the department
literacy in the capital city. He knows his workload will be
light and his paycheck substantial. His supervisors will not
him to perform above a minimal level. Islam does not connect
his religious and everyday life. Pray for Modou that above
all he will see his need to serve the Lord with his entire
not just in his religious obligations.
Sun, Sep 19: Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy
multiplies kisses.—Proverbs 27:6 Lamin’s friend from
childhood comes to the village for a visit. Lamin’s wife,
Sali, has never really liked this man, though she would never
say so! So, when he comes, they both exchange kind words…what
a wonderful cook she is…what an upstanding man he is…etc…etc.
While Kadi knows that this man has cheated many men, including
her husband, the MNK way is not to say so. It is better to keep
peace than to tell the truth. Pray that the God of Truth will
enter into these lives and that salvation will become a reality.
Mon, Sep 20: I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered
me from all my fears.—Psalm 34:4 Lamin was talking with
his friends yesterday about the stories they’ve been listening
to on the radio. They are somewhat different from the traditional
versions, but they seem true…still, they aren’t the
traditional versions. To accept these would be to go against
Lamin’s heritage and his ancestry. As he struggles with
these thoughts he remembers a verse the Toubab told him: he delivered
me from all my fears, because Lamin has many fears. Pray that
the Holy Spirit will open the ears, eyes, and hearts of those
who hear Scripture to its truth!
Tue, Sep 21: Does [God] speak and then not act? Does he promise
and not fulfill?—Numbers 23:19 It’s two o’clock
in the afternoon, and Bakary has just finished lunch. He worked
hard in the field this morning and has decided to rest this afternoon.
But the children are running and screaming and fighting and laughing
and generally making noise! He threatens them…if they don’t
stop… The children are quiet for a couple of minutes before
they are at it again. Does God carry through with His promises?
Bakary is once again pondering this thought. Pray that God will
be seen as Upright and Consistent.
Wed, Sep 22: 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 begins a 15-weeks series
on Moses. While MNKs are aware of Moses, his story is told most
frequently in the Qu’ran, and know variants of the Biblical
story associated with him, very few have ever heard that Moses
chose to walk away from the palace of Pharaoh. Most MNKs cannot
understand why Moses chose to follow the path of God over a more
physically and socially comfortable way. 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, Sep 23: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.—John
1:1-2 The children attend Qu'ranic classes daily, boys and girls.
They learn by rote specific prayers and verses from the Qu’ran.
But they have no idea what they are saying…everything is
in Arabic, which they don’t understand. But in the evening
they listen as the elders discuss Islamic beliefs. Since few
people understand Arabic, everything they know about the Qu’ran
is from someone else. The children are taught that the Bible
has been corrupted, that cannot be trusted. Pray that as the
Word of God spreads MNKs will hear it as Truth.
Fri, Sep 24: Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him
while he is near.—Isaiah 55:6 As Lamin ages, he has more
and more vivid dreams. Sometimes he hears voices; sometimes he
sees things that frighten him; often his dreams involve “the
prophet Jesus”. His family says he’s just old, he’s
not in his right mind. But Lamin spoke to a follower of Jesus
who told him that God was preparing him for death. Pray for Lamin
that he will recognize that God is seeking after him, and will
find Him before it is too late; pray that his sons will listen
Sep 25: You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has
heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his
be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and
he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.—Genesis
16:11-12 It is difficult for MNKs to hear what the Bible teaches
about Ishmael. Muslims believe that he was the son Abraham took
up on the mountain to offer as a sacrifice to God; the Qu’ran
is not specific. Scripture is clear as to why there is such
hostility in that area of the world. Pray that the MNK will
true son of promise to Abraham, and that God is the God of
Peace, Promise and Faithfulness.
Sep 26: You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but
you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.—Genesis
2:17 A favorite story for boys is listening to how God did not
allow Adam to really eat that apple; he sent an angel who stuck
his hand down Adam’s throat and grabbed it…hence
the Adam’s apple on men. So, Adam didn’t really sin;
and even if he had, God would have forgiven him since God made
him able to sin…it wasn’t Adam’s fault...it
was Eve’s! Pray that Truth will be declared clearly so
that MNK men (and women) may understand their position before
God: forgiven or not.
Sep 27: How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord
is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.—1
Kings 18:21 A group of elders has just finished listening to
the history of the prophets, as told in God’s Word. They
acknowledge that these stories are true. They acknowledge that
what Scripture teaches about Jesus is true. A Qu’ranic
teacher tells them yet more stories, which he says have been
left out of the Bible. They believe these stories as well...and
the men pass this along to their wives and children. Pray that
the Holy Spirit will reveal the one source of Truth to MNK men.
Sep 28: Nothing impure will ever enter [the Holy City], nor will
anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only
those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.—Revelation
21:27 At every MNK funeral a loose-leaf version Qu’ran
is split up among the people and read out loud. It is not the
meaning of the words that is important, for no one is listening
because most MNK do not understand Arabic. It is the recitation,
the sound of the words on the wind in which there is power. At
the end of the day, an accounting of the number of verses read,
and the number of times, is made. If there are enough, this will
help the dead person get into heaven. If there are too many,
the extra may be added to one who didn’t have enough at
his/her funeral. Pray that the MNK will focus on being clean
in spirit, rather than trying to trick or outsmart God.
Sep 29: 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.
Sep 30: For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a
future.—Jeremiah 29:11 The boys want to have a party in
the neighboring village tomorrow night. They’ve been working
very hard in the fields, and have come to Bakary to ask permission.
He agrees, but not without strenuously warning them about the
things they must avoid: marijuana, alcohol, etc. “Who,
us?” is the response, but Bakary knows the temptations
of being young men. Yet he doesn’t worry too much, since
they are just boys. Pray that young MNK men will see their need
to follow a God who wants so much more for them than they can