This past January approximately 20 from BH:College Ministry flew out to the 10/40 Window on Short Term Mission Teams from Brook Hills to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. I know I speak for all who were a part of these short-term teams, that we were humbled to engage unreached Muslims as we sought to â€œglorify God by making disciples of all nationsâ€.
One thing we all probably came away with was a greater awareness of spiritual warfare and the need to engage in the battle through prayer. Hopefully in the coming days we will post something of a â€œHow Toâ€ for college students in Birmingham to engage Muslims with the Gospel. However, I thought we first needed to call everyone to meaningful prayer for the nearly 1.6 billion followers of Islam.
How can we pray for the people who make up nearly 1 out of every 4 people on the planetâ€¦
First off, Paul says in Colossiansâ€¦
At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prisonâ€” (Colossians 4:3)
Would you pray for opportunities for the Church to share the Gospel with Muslims? Many of the 1.6 billion Muslims live in closed countries. They are not giving out missionary visas for anyone to come share the Gospel and plant churches in most Muslim countries. However, many are in school at universities we attend, live next door to us, work alongside us, possibly even married into our extended families. Letâ€™s pray for God to burden His people and that those in open countries as well as closed would lovingly, humbly and boldly â€œdeclare the mystery of Christâ€ to those who follow Islam.
Secondly, Paul writes in Romansâ€¦
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. (Romans 10:1-2)
Would you pray for the salvation of Muslims? Paulâ€™s â€œheartâ€™s desire and prayer to Godâ€ in Romans 10 was specifically for his fellow Jews, yet the same principle can and should be applied with the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. There is great zeal for Allah (â€œGodâ€ in Arabic) among Muslims, but it is not according to knowledge. Only God can bring death to life and the blind into seeing and embracing Isa al Masih (â€œJesus the Messiahâ€ in Arabic) as Lord and Savior. Letâ€™s pray desperately, asking God to do what only He can do, namely reconcile sinners to Himself through His Son, Jesus (Mark 10:26,27).
Finally, our Lord Jesus said…
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.â€(Matthew 9:37-38)
Would you pray the Lord would send out more â€œlaborers into His harvestâ€? At Brook Hills we have seen that the entire church is intended by God to join Him in His mission, making disciples of all nations. The command is universal. However, the calling as to how that specifically plays out in each personâ€™s life is very personal.Â Would you pray to the Lord of the harvest to raise up more workers who see their calling to take the Gospel to Muslims?
Statistics show only 0.05% of Christian workers in the world having Muslims as their focus. That is unbelievable knowing that 1 out of every 4 people in this world are followers of Islam.Â The stark reality is that most Muslims will die without ever having someone share with them the Gospel. Letâ€™s pray for more â€œlaborersâ€.