On December 9th, 2014, it was reported that ISIS had beheaded 4 young Christian boys for refusing to convert to Islam, while forcing one man to convert from Christianity to Islam out of threats to kill him also.
This man reminds me of Peter, who denied Christ 3 times, but was later reconciled to Christ and made a martyr for the faith (Mark 14:66-72, John 21:15-19, NIV). Though Peter’s denial of Christ was hugely wounding to His relationship with Christ, Christ’s reinstatement of Peter showed that He was bigger than Peter’s lack of faith and love for Him.
This man needs to know that Christ still loves him, as he feared Christ doesn’t. Please pray against any fear, condemnation, guilt or shame this man may be feeling. Pray also that this man would realize God’s great love and grace in a whole new way, as this man now fears that Christ doesn’t love him at all. This man needs his brothers and sisters’ prayer right now more than ever.
Pray also for the families of those young boys killed. Pray that these young men’s families would cling to Christ and be placed under the shadow of His comforting wings as they grieve the loss of their loved ones. Pray for all families in the same situation, crying and grieving over their loved ones’ deaths; pray they would know that Christ is near, and is able to hold them as their world is crumbling to pieces.
Pray for all those like the man who was forcefully “converted”; pray that Christ would show them how near He is, and would increase their faith in Him, that they might come nearer to Him in this faith and would live (and, if needed, die) for Christ. May we pray that we too, if needed, would have the faith to die for Christ.
Let us come together against the darkness. We are children of light (Ephesians 5:8); let us run into the darkness, knowing that with Christ, we are like bright lights that extinguish the evil around us.
Pray this scripture with me over those in dire need:
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
Christ is faithful, friends! May we clasp hands with those who need us, standing in the gap for those in distress. Be blessed, all of you.