Tue, Mar 1: The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt
no shame. – Genesis 2:25 Shame and embarrassment were not
a part of life prior to the entrance of sin in the Garden of
Eden. One God, one man and one woman. God created the perfect
situation. God intends for a man and woman to be of one mind
in all aspects of their relationship, including knowing Him.
Yet there are MNK believers whose spouses have not yet come to
Christ. Pray for MNK believers to be positive and forthright
witnesses for Him in all areas of their lives, including with
their families, husbands and wives in particular.
Wed, Mar 2: Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord
does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. – Psalm
32:1-2 Tonight’s lesson is #51, is entitled King David’s
Sin, or the story of David and Bathsheba. The foundation of God’s
forgiveness to David for his sins is that David confessed his
sinful condition before God and believed what God had promised
concerning the Redeemer. God did not merely forget David’s
transgressions; He forgave them. This is a monumental hurdle
for MNKs to overcome. Pray for MNKs as they listen to this broadcast
to accept that God is willing and able to forgive our sins if
we will but confess them before Him in the name of Jesus Christ.
Thu, Mar 3: I have hidden your word in my heart that I might
not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11 There are many mission
schools within MNK land. Students in these institutions are predominantly
Muslims, but many of the principals and staff of these schools
are followers of Christ. In one Christian elementary school,
all students must memorize Psalm 23; they are able to repeat
it accurately. Pray for the hearts and minds of these young MNK
students to truly hold these Words in their hearts; pray that
as they grow, God will bring these verses to mind; pray these
young people will determine to draw strength from Scripture.
Fri, Mar 4: Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward
from him. – Psalm 127:3 Children are highly regarded in
MNK society. Yet, as in every society, if a shameful event occurs,
the MNK will endeavor to hide the consequence. A little girl
was born to a mentally challenged mother; it is unclear whether
the mother was raped or consented. Nevertheless the mother is
incapable of caring for this little child. So the grandmother
carries the child to her market stall every day and places her
in a plastic basket underneath the table. If she survives, her
development most likely has been arrested because of her circumstances.
Pray for MNK families to be diligent in caring for those who
cannot care for themselves; pray that concern for God’s
creation will outweigh concern for cultural shame.
Sat, Mar 5: Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters.
Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be
devoted to the one and despise the other.” – Matthew
6:24 Many MNK men have at least two wives. In one particular
compound, the two women live together ostensibly in peace. Yet
the competition, even after many, many years remains strong.
And the 2nd wife is always sitting just on the fringes; she is
lonely, for she will always be the outsider. This issue is always
a challenging one for western women to deal with. Pray for MNK
women to see that in Christ, they will never be on the fringes
and they will never be outsiders; in Christ, every man, woman
and child are equal in God’s sight.
Sun, Mar 6: A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding
for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care
of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting
better she grew worse. “If I just touch his clothes, I
will be healed.” – Mark 5:25-28 While out on the
village prayerwalk, our walkers came across MNK women selling
in a market. As the men paused to pray for the market and those
in it, the women quickly gathered around them, desiring to be
blessed by these praying men. Pray for MNK women to be blessed
by the prayers of believers and that they will call out with
one voice, Jesus is Lord.
Mon, Mar 7: Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher,
what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” – Matthew
19:16 An Islamic teacher by the name of S.I.H. was encountered
by the prayer-walkers on their walk. This young man is burdened
down with the load of doing all the things necessary for his
own salvation, as well as that of his disciples and family. He
is encumbered with much responsibility and has no one with whom
to share his load; he is very lonely. Pray for Chris & Richard
to return to speak with this man, to share more of God’s
desire to lighten his load, and S.I.H. will seek after the Living
Tue, Mar 8: Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my
brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more
strictly. We all stumble in many ways. – James 3:1-2 There
are some Christian teachers who teach in both the public and
private sectors in MNK land. Some are natives of these countries;
most come from neighboring West African states. They have a tremendous
responsibility on their hands. Not only are they teaching mathematics,
science and language arts, they also teach Bible. Beyond that,
they may be the only Christian example to many MNK Muslim students.
Pray for Christian teachers in MNK to be strong, determined and
steadfast in their witness for Christ through every encounter
they have with students.
Wed, Mar 9: Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel
of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat
of mockers. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish. – Psalm 1:1,5 Tonight’s
radio broadcast is #52, entitled The Prophet David and the Messiah.
An important concept covered in this lesson is the relationship
between God and Jesus. God calls the Messiah His Son for three
reasons. First, the Messiah came from above and therefore did
not have an earthly father. Second, God and the Messiah share
the same holy character. Third, God called the Messiah His Son
to distinguish Him from all the other prophets. These are once
again difficult concepts for the MNK Muslim mind to accept. Pray
for those MNKs who are listening tonight to desire to know the
Messiah, the King whom God called His Son.
Thu, Mar 10: Jesus said, “Let the little children come
to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs
to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them,
he went on from there. – Matthew 19:14 The prayer-walkers
were walking through a village just as school let out. Suddenly,
they were being followed by 50 or more children...they looked
a bit like the Pied Piper. Working with children in an Islamic
society is difficult; they are often prohibited from coming to
things non-Islamic, as well as being taught not to believe anything
contrary to the teachings of Islam. Not much different than we
as followers of Christ teach our children. Pray for positive
and non-confrontational avenues of witness among MNK children.
Fri, Mar 11: Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises
to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! – Psalm
147:1 Five times every day, the Islamic call to prayer goes out
over every mosque in MNK land. Many utilize speakers and bullhorns
to project these Arabic expressions: God is great! Prayer is
better than sleep! Pray that God will cause these words to turn
into hymns of praise and worship to the Living God of all Creation!
Sat, Mar 12: You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the
arrow that flies by day. – Psalm 91:5 Sleeping in villages
means dealing with the various aggravations common to rural life.
Among those aggravations are rodents. One night a rat kept company
with the prayer-walkers. Funny stories came out of it, but they
all spent a lot of time praying for rest and refreshment despite
the unwelcome visitor. Pray for those who work among the MNK
to be protected physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Sun, Mar 13: When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and
at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout,
the wall collapsed. – Joshua 6:20 Upon entering a village,
the religious leader called together all the elders to pray for
our prayer-walkers. Before their departure, however, the prayer-walkers
prayed fervently and loudly in the name of Jesus for the chief,
for the elders and for the village. Sometimes it is important
to show boldness and power; too many MNKs see Christianity as
a weak religion and Christians as weak persons. Pray for MNKs
to see not only the love of God, but His power and His majesty.
Mon, Mar 14: Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed
his hands on him and healed him. – Acts 28:8 The prayer-walkers
came across an old man who had sores all over both his ankles.
Taking each of his feet in their hands, Chris & Richard prayed
for this man, for his physical healing, and for his spiritual
healing. Please pray that God will heal this man, both physically
thereby releasing him from the physical pain he is enduring,
and spiritually, so that His name will be written in the Book
Tue, Mar 15: Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message
is heard through the word of Christ. – Romans 10:17 In
a particular compound, a man, his two wives, their missionary
neighbor and six to eight young adults gather around the radio
every Wednesday night to listen to the radio broadcast. They
listen. They understand. They agree. They remain bound by Islam.
Pray for God’s Word to penetrate the hearts of those listening
to more than agree with their lips; pray that their hearts will
rejoice in the Truth!
Wed, Mar 16: “They have pierced my hands and my feet!” – Psalm
22:16 Tonight’s lesson, #53, is an exposition of Psalm
22. Often called the “Calvary Psalm”, one thousand
years before the birth of Christ, David predicted that sinners
would pierce the Messiah’s hands and feet. The lesson is
clear in its presentation of the reason God allowed Jesus to
die in this manner: because of His great love for all mankind.
Pray for MNK Muslims to believe the totality of God’s Word,
and to accept that God’s righteousness is ours through
His Son, the Messiah.
Thu, Mar 17: After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve
disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns
of Galilee. – Matthew 11:1 Have you ever considered what
it was like to walk the roads that Jesus walked? Rocky...dusty...long...hot...so
it is to walk to MNK villages. Driving isn’t much better.
Many roads are less than smooth and easily traveled. This is
perhaps a reason the MNK remain unreached by the Gospel in the
year 2005! Pray that those of us who live and work among the
MNK will not allow our physical comfort to be an obstacle to
reaching the MNK; pray for more laborers to be called out to
work with us.
Fri, Mar 18: In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord
determines his steps. – Proverbs 16:9 Have you ever wondered
how long it takes to get from the United States to MNK land?
The first leg is a flight from a major city to Paris; the second
leg is a flight from Paris to the capital; the third leg is an
internal flight from the capital to the bush; the fourth leg
is overland from the bush to MNK land. It takes a minimum of
30 hours to make this trip, IF all flights are on schedule! Often
they are not. Thank God with us for volunteers who are willing
to make this sacrifice and endure this trek; thank God with us
for His protection and care, even with cancelled flights; pray
with us for God’s continued grace and joy as we seek together
for the salvation of the MNK.
Sat, Mar 19: It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to
be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and
teachers. – Ephesians 4:11 There is an MNK believer who
attends an Africanized, western church. The pastor of this church
wants to “send” this believer to evangelize the MNK.
It is unclear whether or not this man is called to this task.
Pray for MNK believers to be bold in their evangelism of their
families and neighbors; pray for pastors of local churches to
be sensitive to God’s calling and gifting in the lives
of these young believers.
Sun, Mar 20: But some of them became obstinate; they refused
to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them.
He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the
lecture hall of Tyrannus. – Acts 18:9 A national pastor
in MNK land is developing an Institute of Discipleship and Missions.
This will be a place for the discipling and training of new MNK
believers in the Way and how to be witnesses to their friends
and family. Pray for this ministry to be an effective tool in
developing MNK missionaries!
Mon, Mar 21: Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift
of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have
asked him and he would have given you living water.” – John
4:10 Walking through a village, one of the prayer-walkers noticed
a woman with a baby on her back drawing from a well. He was struck
by the similarity to New Testament times. He stopped right then
and prayed that someone would come and explain the gift of life
to this woman. Pray for believers among the MNK to take every
opportunity to share the Living Water; in a land that is so hot
and dry, to never thirst again is extremely attractive!
Tue, Mar 22: All the believers were together and had everything
in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to
anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together
in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate
together with glad and sincere hearts. – Acts 2:43-46 “I
am because we are; we are because I am.” This expression
sums up the MNK view of his place in society. He is nothing outside
his community and his community will cease to exist without him.
As MNKs become believers, the church must replace this concept
of community; the church must exist because of every single believer.
However, developing that kind of trust with other MNKs outside
your social or economic sphere is very difficult. Pray for the
emerging MNK church to be founded on Jesus Christ and its corporate
need for fellowship.
Wed, Mar 23: The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment
with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends
of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now one
greater than Solomon is here!” – Matthew 12:42 Tonight’s
lesson is #54 and is entitled ¬The Prophet Solomon. It is
recorded in 1 Kings 10 how the queen of Sheba traveled over 2,400
miles to ascertain whether or not the stories concerning the
wisdom of Solomon were true. Nearly a thousand years later, Jesus
reminded His listeners of her tenacity in seeking the truth,
yet those who were standing in Jesus’ presence could not
see Him as the Truth. Pray for MNKs to seek with all their might
the Truth; pray that we will be faithful to share it clearly.
Thu, Mar 24: For this reason a man will leave his father and
mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. – Genesis
2:24 There is a saying among MNK women that if a wife is the
one standing at St. Peter’s gate determining who will enter
the gates of heaven, that woman’s husband will be the last
person she will allow to enter. There is very little love lost
between MNK men and women. They may develop a fondness for one
another over the years, but trust and unity are foreign concepts.
Pray for MNK women to come to understand the great love God has
for them; pray for MNK women to also understand that as much
as God loves them as individuals, he loves men the same; all
who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
Fri, Mar 25: And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice,
he gave up his spirit. – Matthew 27:50 What is good about
Good Friday? Could anything good come from Jesus’ death
on the cross? Of course! His resurrection on Sunday! But this
is denied by MNKs; they do not believe Jesus actually died on
the cross. Pray for MNKs to remember the truths taught in the
radio lesson on Psalm 22; pray for their hearts to be opened
to the Truth as presented in Scripture.
Sat, Mar 26: The next day, the chief priests and the Pharisees
went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember
that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After
three days I will rise again.’” – Matthew 27:62-63
Interesting isn’t it, that the chief priests and the Pharisees
who sought to kill Jesus were the very ones who remembered His
promise to return. The disciples were so overcome with grief
that they didn’t...or at least, it isn’t recorded
that they did. Because MNK history is passed orally from generation
to generation, they have a wonderful memory. Pray for MNKs to
remember the words of truth they hear from the radio broadcasts
and from their believing neighbors about Jesus Christ, the Risen
Sun, Mar 27: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone
who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. – 1
Peter 3:15 Today is Easter Sunday! What better day to contemplate
this verse! The hope we have in us comes from the completed work
of Christ, completed on the day God raised Him from the grave!
MNKs have no hope; truly they live in fear of God’s judgment,
always relying on the prayers of “holy” persons to
gain them favor in God’s eyes. Pray that each of us who
lives and works among the MNK will be able to give a clear and
concise answer for the hope that Christendom celebrates this
Mon, Mar 28: And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out
of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and
good for food. In the middle of the garden was the tree of life... – Genesis
2:9 As the prayer-walkers concluded their last walk, heat exhaustion
was but a few yards away. They collapsed under a tree on the
side of the road and prayed for a breeze; God sent one. They
dubbed this tree the Tree of Life since they truly believed they
could go no further. As we live and work among the MNK, God is
at work in our own hearts and lives, just as He is at work among
the MNK. Thank God with us for answered prayer, prayers for the
MNK and for our prayer-walkers; thank God for His sufficiency;
thank God for His protection; thank God for the revelation of
Tue, Mar 29: Let us run with perseverance the race marked out
for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter
of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross,
scorning its shame. – Hebrews 12:2 One of the volunteers
made this remark: The MNK need missionaries who will learn the
language, endure the heat, go through the disappointments, and
continue to press on. Please pray that those whom God chooses
to send to the MNK will be obedient and lean on His strength
to persevere through the race.
Wed, Mar 30: Elijah said, “How long will you waiver between
two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him.” – 1
Kings 18:21 Tonight’s radio broadcast, #55, entitled The
Prophet Elijah, completes the story of Solomon, including behaviors
which were contrary to God’s commands, and how God raised
up another prophet who “walked with God”. Both histories
are noteworthy. Solomon’s disobedience to God is an example
of the honesty and forthrightness of Scripture, hiding nothing.
The story of Elijah is also noteworthy; his admonition to the
people of Israel is pertinent today: how long will you waiver
between the true Word of God and the worthless traditions of
man? Pray for MNK Islamic leaders to recognize that so many of
their teachings are man’s teachings, not God’s; pray
for their desire to know the True Word of God.
Thu, Mar 31: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before
you were born I set you apart. – Jeremiah 1:5 As the prayer-walkers
walked from village to village, and as the women walked around
town and visited in compounds, faces became a blur. Countless
friendly people in more than 20 villages are but nameless faces
to the human mind. Yet each one is known and loved by God. Pray
that each individual will have the opportunity to accept or reject
the Good News of Jesus Christ; pray that we will each take our
role seriously...praying for the MNK...volunteering to work among
the MNK...planting our lives among the MNK.