We know we are to pray for the salvation of the Muslim people, but what does that prayer look like? One knowledgeable prayer leader says that a vital key to these prayers is to see three faces:
1. The face of God
2. The face of the Muslim people
3. The face of Islam
The Face of God – We see God as the one who desires to intervene on behalf of the Muslim people to bring them from darkness into the light. Islam is a strong, antichrist spirit, but it is no match for the living God, the magnificent Creator of the Universe, the Ruler of all the earth! God is high and lifted up. He is exalted; His name is above all names, and no power in heaven or on earth can match His awesome, mighty power! There is no God but our God, and there is no stronghold that can stand against Him!
The Face of the Muslim People – We must ask the Holy Spirit to give us His revelation of the Muslim people. God loves them and has an individual call on each of their lives and a great purpose for them. He sees their spiritual condition and the deception in their lives.
We must ask God to cleanse our hearts of any areas of hardness, pride, anger, prejudice, resentment, intolerance, or unforgiveness toward the Muslim people. When we are filled with God’s love for the Muslim people, we will have mercy for them and a desire to see them brought into the kingdom of God.
The Face of Islam – Once we see the greatness of our God and have a love for the Muslim people, then we can discern the face of Islam. We will understand that it is an antichrist system that is seductive and deceptive. The primary goal of the wicked one behind the religion of Islam is to hold its followers captive, so they will never know the true and living God and His Son, Jesus Christ (John 17:2-3).
God desires to use our prayers to release them from the deception of the system of Islam. God’s Word declares we are “workers together with Him” (2 Cor. 3:1; 1Cor. 3:9). We work together with Him to advance His kingdom. But it is not by our might or by our power, but by His Spirit!
The nations of Europe face challenges with Islam that are very difficult to solve. A leader who has insight with each nation submitted this article, sharing some issues of concern.
Reporting in a German newspaper, Welt am Sonntagzoom, revealed that Germany saw a 13% rise in anti-Semitic crimes over the past year. Mounting evidence suggests that anti-Semitic acts (hostility toward or discrimination against Jews) by radical Muslims have a more significant profile than the German authorities seem prepared to concede. A study by a commission of independent experts reported 80 percent of the victims surveyed said that their assailant was of Muslim background.
A Syrian migrant in Amsterdam attacked a kosher Jewish restaurant in Amsterdam for the second time. Although he was charged in the attack, a judge made a finding of “diminished responsibility.” Previous violent acts by other Muslims have included a fake bomb and graffiti. The owners are frustrated by the lack of effective action by the authorities. A statement released by the police made no mention of antisemitism, simply saying the “investigation into motives is in full swing.”
A police officer who infiltrated Islamist circles stated that no-go zones in France are now foreign enclaves on French territory. The gangs operating there have formed a parallel economy based on drug trafficking; they consider themselves at war with France and with Western civilization.
Today, there are more than 750 no-go zones in France, and police enter them only by carefully preparing commando-like operations beforehand. Gangs and radical imams are totally in control. France’s general population remains under strict lockdown due to COVID19, and police were ordered to enforce the rules strictly. Meanwhile, they have been told by the government not to prevent Muslims from going out, and to avoid going near the ‘no go’ zones or enforcing the rules. The government knows that a large-scale uprising could happen, and that a minor incident might be enough to set the powder keg ablaze.
The government’s decision appears to have been made to define terrorist attacks as “inexplicable” because they are difficult to explain. It is expressed that they are committed by people who are “depressed.” The no-go zones were treated as time bombs that would eventually explode, but with the explosion delayed a few years.
“Two months of lockdown will lead to an unprecedented economic crisis and probably to a very serious explosion of violence: it is high time to face reality: France is on the brink of chaos,” author Éric Zemmour said on CNews TV.
Our guest article today, written by a leader of the United Kingdom, reveals current challenges facing the United Kingdom.
The UK, or United Kingdom, consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with a combined population of nearly 68 million people.
British Muslims have been at the forefront of political, media, and societal concerns in regards to terrorism, radicalisation, women’s rights, and segregation. More recently, there is the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, notably the Rochdale and Rotherham “grooming” child sexual abuse. Earlier this year it was revealed that almost 19,000 suspected child sexual exploitation victims by grooming gangs were identified by the local authorities in one year. This news was suppressed by “political correctness” and fear of being seen as Islamophobic.
Muslims account for only 15 percent of the overall UK prison population but still have the ability to dominate the UK prison system. Radicalised Muslims don’t see prison as an obstacle. They view it as an opportunity to organize and expand – recruitment thrives because they have a large “pool of vulnerable people” from which to draw. They are able take control of the entire prison system, not through a riot but by intimidation. One inmate said “If I said I didn’t want to be a Muslim I’d need to watch out in case someone stabbed me. It’s very dangerous to denounce Islam.”
London is the leading centre for Islamic Finance in Western Europe. It operates a Sharia banking system, with the first Islamic bank in Europe to deal in “sharia compliant” Sukuk Bonds.
In an effort to peacefully engage Muslims and their Imams, churches are holding Interfaith meetings, compromising the deity of Christ. Several Cathedrals have held multi-faith services with the Islamic call to prayer. Notably, the BBC has broadcast the Islamic call to prayer five times a day throughout Ramadan.
The majority of Muslims in Britain want to live peacefully, work, and provide for their family and have freedom of worship. Some have become disillusioned with Islam because of the continued Islamic terrorism across the world. Refugee Muslim families are attending church because of the support received and the many acts of kindness shown by Christians, and are openly engaging with the gospel.
There are many stories of encouraging conversations and open discussions about Jesus during Ramadan. One man walked into a church asking how he could tell his parents he was leaving Islam. Another young Muslim taxi driver had an earnest discussion with a Christian traveling with him, saying, “I wish the journey had been longer, so we could talk some more.”
The entire world is in a kingdom conflict between Satan’s kingdom of darkness and God’s kingdom of light.
In Matthew Chapter 24, the Bible reveals this conflict. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all of these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Jesus prophesied of these days, “kingdom against kingdom.” On 9/11/2001, when Islamic terrorists attacked the United States World Trade Center in New York City, the kingdom of the antichrist attacked the kingdom of God. The Bible tells us, “we fight not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
Because this is a spiritual battle, we must fight with spiritual weapons and display kingdom character. Our heart attitude must be of the kingdom of God. Pride, the greatest form of sin, caused the fall. The greatest virtue is love working through humility. The Word of God tells us that the fear of the Lord (and its resulting humility) is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). Along with humility, victory is assured when there is forgiveness. Because of what our Lord Jesus accomplished on the cross, we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, and the enemy is under our feet (Ephesians 1 and 2).
With God’s power and authority, humility, forgiveness, and His heart of love, His kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven. As we follow God’s kingdom principles and are led by His Spirit, we can trust Him for victorious results. God desires that all would be saved. He is showing each of us how to work with Him to open the eyes and hearts of Muslim believers to the love and salvation that is theirs in Christ Jesus.
We have the privilege of standing with God and letting Him live through us as we humbly pray for Muslims to be saved. We are called to personally show respect, compassion, and love when we have the opportunity to be in the presence of individual Muslims. We must keep our hearts open as God’s heart is open. We cannot harden our hearts in judgment or fear, but we open our hearts with humility and love. We remember, there was a time that we, too, were lost and deceived.
PRAYER POINTS –
There is a vast difference between Christianity and Islam. Both are considered religions, but Christianity has a crucial distinction that separates it from Islam. That difference is relationship.
Grace is God’s blessing on people and is the basis of the relationship between God and Christian believers, both men and women. The Bible, in John 3:16, declares that because God loves us, He took our punishment upon Himself. All we must do to be forgiven of our sins and have a relationship with Him is to accept God’s gift of salvation by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9; II Corinthians 5:21).
In the performance-based religion of Islam, on the final Day of Judgment, if a Muslim’s good works outweigh his bad works and if Allah so wills, he may be forgiven of all his sins and then enter into Paradise.
In translations from the Islamic Hadith, Mohammed said, “I was shown the Hell-fire and that the majority of its dwellers are women.” The vast majority of Muslim women do not live in Western nations and have never heard the truths of forgiveness in Christianity. Since Islam is a performance-based religion, the Muslim woman will cling to whatever she thinks pleases Allah.
Muslims believe that two recording angels sit, one on each shoulder, and record every good and bad deed a person commits. It is based on the good deeds outweighing the bad that one gains entrance into Paradise. For a woman, however, there are no guarantees. Even if she has excelled in pleasing her husband, Allah can arbitrarily change his mind and deny her eternal life in Paradise. As a Muslim, they are hopeful that Allah is loving and compassionate, but the question is to whom and why?
The Qur’an clearly teaches that Allah does not love sinners:
“God loves not transgressors” (Sura 2:190).
“God bears no love for the impious or sinful” (Sura 2:276).
“God loves not the evil-doers” (Sura 3:57, 140).
“God loves not arrogant and boastful men” (Sura 4:36).
Nowhere in the Qur’an is Allah ever said to love anyone who does not love him first. But the Bible reveals to Christians the assurance of God’s love. We know that: “In this is love, that we loved God, but that He first loves us” (I John 4:10). A Christian knows that no human can be more loving than God.
Is it any wonder that a Muslim woman lives in fear? It is a totally foreign thought that God loves her unconditionally or that she can be redeemed by what God has done for her and not by her good deeds. She lives with the constant fear that even if she manages to do more good deeds than bad, Allah might still change his mind, and she will never reach Paradise.
In recent years, immigration to Western nations has dramatically increased. Europe has experienced a record influx of asylum seekers who fled conflicts in Syria and other predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have also been nations where many desire to immigrate. Some are skilled workers, and others have no particular skill or trade and often expect public assistance.
Across the West, we have seen mosques increasingly built in our cities and towns. Mosques dot the landscape of Europe. The most expensive mosque built in the United States completed by the Turkish government cost approximately $100 million. Also, Islamic schools and a host of Muslim organizations are present across the Western nations.
Western nations have made countless accommodations to Muslim demands. Included are segregated male-female swimming pools and gyms, halal food, workplace exemptions for handling pork products, and individual public prayer rooms with footbaths.
When migration to the West took place many years ago, Muslims would assimilate into the culture even while still practicing their religion. Things have changed, and immigrants have not only kept their religious beliefs but kept to themselves. For Islamists, non-Muslim land is different from Muslim land. Many never identify themselves with a Western land, flag or nationality, even though they were born there and are the second or third generation in the new nation.
If they are a fundamental Islamic family or community, they believe only Allah’s law is pure. Their mindset is that Western law is manmade and Islamic sharia is to be followed.
One of the founding fathers of Islamist thought, Sayyid Qutb, stated:
· “The homeland of the Muslim, in which he lives and which he defends, is not a piece of land;
· the nationality of the Muslim, in which he lives and which he is identified, is not the nationality determined by a government;
· the family of the Muslim, in which he finds solace and which he defends, is not blood relationships,
· the flag of the Muslim, which he honors and under which he is martyred, is not the flag of a country, and;
· the victory of a Muslim, which he celebrates for which he is thankful to God, is not a military victory.”
One man, a Muslim reformer, made this statement: “What you end up seeing is that when people are brainwashed not to identify themselves with a flag and a nationality, it disrupts the human connections and communications that need to take place within communities. It pits the indoctrinated person against the entire society and his own countrymen, and develops an ‘us-vs-them’ mentality.”
• II Corinthians 10:4 declares: “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.” Pray that God will reveal to the body of Christ specific ways we can pray for Muslims to free them from false teaching and stand against these strongholds in their lives.
• Pray for the Muslim community, that their eyes will be opened to Truth, asking God to send laborers across their path to share with them the truth of the message of Christ.
Five times every day, year after year after year, people in the vicinity of local mosques hear the Arabic words that Allah is god and Muhammad is his prophet. These proclamations have been going out from the mosques of the Middle East, Asia, North Africa and Western nations five times a day for nearly 1,400 years. If you multiply this by the number of mosques and the number of Muslims who pray daily, these prayers have been proclaimed billions (even trillions) of times.
The prayer, “Allah is god and Muhammad is his prophet,” is called the great confession. It, as well as other repetitive prayers, dominate the days of Muslims who maintain their faith. What is essential for us to know is that the power of proclamation established through the reciting of the confession and the repetitive prayers is indeed powerful.
Derek Prince, Greek and Latin scholar at Cambridge University served with the British army in World War II. He began to study the Bible and experienced a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. Out of this encounter, he formed two conclusions: first, that Jesus Christ is alive; and second, that the Bible is an authentic, relevant, up-to-date book.
He then made the connection between the repetitions of Islamic proclamation and power during the many years he spent living in the Middle East. Prince observed, “The basis of the spiritual power of Islam the Middle East and North Africa is summed up in one word, proclamation. The Arabs, whether consciously or unconsciously, have understood the tremendous spiritual power of persistent proclamation . . . and I believe that is the real basis of the tremendous dominating spiritual power of Islam. It’s this persistent, ceaseless proclamation of the spiritual force that they want to establish.”
Truth is far more powerful than untruth; it doesn’t take the same number of proclamations of truth to defeat error. As Christians, the opportunity before us is to respond with the declaration of the Word of God. God tells us in Job 22:28 that if we decree or declare a thing, it will be established.
In Philippians 2:9-11, the Word of God also proclaims: “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him (Jesus) and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
As Christians, we proclaim the Word of God! Therefore, it is our great privilege to lift the name of Jesus in the power of counter-proclamation. We proclaim His victory, the power of His name, the power of His blood, and the power of His resurrection. Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, and of His kingdom there is no end. As Christians, we proclaim these truths in prayer, intercession, worship, praise, and the declaration of His Word. The truth of His Word will penetrate the darkness!