Fasting and praying for Iraq
When the latest ISIS explosion occurred in Karrada area – Bagdad, I felt a burden to do something to help my people. Iraqi people are not just traumatized because of the ongoing killing and bombings, but they are also confused about their beliefs.
Since ISIS invaded Iraq, many of them have left Islam and refused to be Muslims. The rest are struggling with their doubts about what kind of religion Islam is which justifies murdering and burning people in the name of Allah.
Even though we are grieved at their pain, we must also acknowledge that it is producing a bountiful harvest of seekers. Although individual efforts are always encouraged, now is the time to band together in unity to meet the demand of this moment. We have far more power acting together in unity. When Esther’s people were in trouble, she called for her whole nation to fast and pray with her.
Jesus has also revealed that He is moved to act when we unite in agreement, for he said, “Truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” (Matt. 18:19). I call upon you, my family and friends, to join me and my husband George in fasting and praying on July 16th on behalf of my people.
We need you to join us to fast and pray that God’s Spirit would stir those who are questioning Islam to begin actively and intently searching for the truth, and that God’s Spirit will move those who are already in contact with Muslims here in the USA, as their co-workers or neighbors, to initiate conversation and friendships with them. Many already feel called to reach Arabs, but they don’t know how to begin or who can help them.
Pray that God will unite them with those who can help them get started, so they can begin acting. Pray that we all will have a sense of urgency to act in this time of crisis to meet these people’s needs spiritually and physically.
Pray for God to open the eyes of us all to bring comfort, hope, and healing in whatever way we can—to move us out of complacency or indifference to a state of action, so that these people who are desperately in need of peace can find it in their submission to Jesus Christ.