Imagine if you were a “missionary” in an Islamic nation for many years. Working without being exposed, yet laboring diligently, you might see a handful of Muslims receiving Christ as their Lord in your lifetime.
Fast forward to this past 30 years, and it is a different story. One reason is there has been a season of concentrated prayer in the past generation for the people in the nations, resulting in heart changes in the lives of multitudes. This is so encouraging.
One reason Muslims are coming to Christ is they have become disenchanted because of the violence they have seen in Islam in the past generation. Political and territorial disputes caused a war between Iraq and Iran from 1980-1988. Both are Muslim nations. Estimates of total casualties range from 1,000,000 to twice that number, causing unbelievable pain and suffering in so many lives.
Another example is the rise of ISIS in 2014 that revealed untold violence. Designated a terrorist group by the United Nations as well as individual countries, ISIS declared they were following the true beliefs of Islam in the Qur’an and the Hadith (the holy books of Islam). ISIS is widely known for the videos of beheadings of both soldiers and civilians, journalists, and aid workers. People around the world were horrified at the types of executions and the destruction of cultural heritage sites. The thinking, moderate Muslims were often repulsed at what they saw in the name of their religion.
We often hear how fast Islam is growing. However, what we do not hear is that moderate Muslims are abandoning their faith. It is mostly young men and women, ill at ease with the extreme brutality shown by their religion, and uncomfortable with growing extremism in their communities.
In the days ahead, we will share testimonies of what God is doing in the lives of Muslims, revealing the truth of Islam to them. Many are disenchanted and receiving Christ. However, there are so many who are leaving Islam and becoming atheists. They’re waiting for the revelation of Jesus Christ. Our prayers can make that happen!
- We rejoice that God is calling multitudes of Muslims to Himself. We lift those today who are in the place of decision, and believe that God is drawing them to Himself.
- Pray for courage of MBB’s (Muslim-Background Believers) who are struggling, separated from their families, and needing deep relationships with Christian believers.
- Ask God, by the leading of Holy Spirit, to divinely connect Christians with MBBs.