A quick note from the writer of Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry:
Hello!!! I come to you with amazing, encouraging news!!!
On the night of April 14th, 2014, 276 young women, ages 16-18, were kidnapped from Government Secondary School, in Chibok, Nigeria. Boko Haram, taking them from their school in the middle of the night, reportedly “married off” the remaining 219 young girls, who couldn’t get away.
But, I praise Jesus Christ to say that that number has now gone down by one. That’s right, THE FIRST CHIBOK GIRL HAS BEEN FOUND/ESCAPED!!! The first girl, Amina Ali, now 19 years old, was found on the edge of the Sambisa Forest, having escaped with her four-month old baby, accompanied by a man named Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be her husband, and is a reported member of Boko Haram!!!
Colonel Sani Usman has also reported that hundreds– even thousands– of Boko Haram captives have been freed by the Nigerian military, in recent months. One of them, a schoolgirl also from Government Secondary School, was kidnapped from her North-eastern hometown of Madagali, Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists. Serah Luka, the daughter of a Christian pastor, was freed Thursday, among 97 women and girls. Though not one of the 218 girls kidnapped from Chibok, Nigeria, she is one of the countless others who have been ripped away from their families– who can now enjoy Freedom, all thanks to Jesus Christ!!!
I want to take a minute to just celebrate, like in the Parables of the Lost Sheep, and the Lost Coin, these two precious young women. Although there are only two, each individual is of immense worth, and– more than physical freedom– the spiritual salvation of each person, ever made, is something Christ, God, died for. Proving that it is, indeed, a priceless gift.
These two, beautiful young women have been found. What about you?
If you are reading this, and you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Personal Lord and Savior, I want to tell you that you are invaluable to Christ Jesus. He is pursuing you– so that you might truly know Him. As Luke 15 states, you, and having a relationship with you, are so invaluable to Jesus that, just like a woman who has lost– and found– her precious lost coin, “In the same way, I tell you that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous ones who do not need to repent (embrace Jesus in everything)“ (Luke 15:7, BSB).
If you do know Christ, but have somehow drifted away from Him, I pray you would know again the deep, unsearchable Love of Jesus– and would realize that there is nothing in this world that can take away, or negate, His Love for you. It is never too late to repent– or “turn away” from your sin– and come back to Him. More than this, there is nothing, and no one, who can compare to Him, and His Love for you. No matter what you may have done, Jesus is waiting now for you to “come back to your Father,” as Luke 15:20 states!
Just like the parables in Luke 15, I pray we would praise Jesus for the salvation and freedom of these two young girls, as well as celebrate Jesus Himself, the One who has given salvation and freedom– not only to these two girls– but to so many “lost” people. While Jesus can, and has, given physical freedom to SO many, recently, I pray that these two girls would receive His spiritual Freedom, too. Would you pray, with me?
Do you know Jesus?
“And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. 8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
(Luke 19:1-10, KJV)
Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. Though known as a rich “publican,” or “tax collector,”– and therefore hated by many– Zacchaeus’ desire to see Jesus was not ignored by Christ. Instead, Zacchaeus was pointed out by Christ, and the tax collector later came to know Him as his Personal Lord, and Savior.
No matter your background, Christ is waiting to be welcomed into your home, and heart; but it is up to you to open the door of your life, to Him.
Meet the God who is waiting for you, here.
Please, pray with me:
“Dear Father God,
We praise You, and we thank You, for the amazing ways You have heard our prayers! Father God, You are wonderful; there is no one like You. When You make a promise, You keep it! We thank You for the ways in which You have kept Your promises, and the ways You will continue to.
Father God, we also thank You for freeing Amina Ali, Serah Luka, and the countless other people You have rescued from slavery, and captivity. Father God, we take this time to celebrate who they are, and who You are!!!! Through this very emotional time, please bring those who are struggling mentally and emotionally to You. Be the rest they need, Father God: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV). During this time, please bring the souls of these people to know You Personally, as their Lord and Savior; and show them, Father God, that You can do far greater things than even what You have done, already.
Father God, please continually free up, and bring out these people, specifically the Chibok girls, in Your Will, Your Way, and Your Timing. Thank You, Father God! We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”