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Saul’s unflinching vision to stomp out the Christian church was about to be shaken in a big way. No one but Jesus could have intervened to stop this relentlessly driven man whose hate and rage-filled heart knew no bounds.

Yet Saul was driven to his knees and, perhaps for the first time in his life, was asked this very important question:

And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” – Acts 9:4-5

Pray that God would encounter ISIS members and cause them to hunger to really know who He is, asking “Who are you, Lord?”

Imagine seeing the majesty and power of the almighty living God! Isaiah did, and he was given a vision of the promised Messiah who would come to take away the guilt of the world, the sting of death, and the deception of darkness.

I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” – Isaiah 6:1-3

Pray that ISIS members would be willing to give up all their preconceptions to truly know God in an intimate way, and to see His glory in all its fullness.

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for. – Isaiah 6:4-7

Pray that ISIS members would respond like Isaiah who, in the presence of the Lord, saw his own dirtiness and cried out for mercy. Pray that they would see their uncleanness and would cry out for mercy. Pray that they, too, would find the cleansing power of God through Christ.

“How is it that there are still people who have never heard of Jesus?” asks a field worker in a Muslim country. He partners with Mansour, a Muslim-background evangelist, to reach the people with the Gospel. “When they come to Jesus,” says Mansour, “they stay with Jesus.” Read more in Stories Left Untold.

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