ISIS actively recruits adolescents to join its ranks, luring them with power, money, protection, and religious merit. Even young children have ended up in ISIS training camps through kidnappings, voluntary recruitment, and payoffs to desperate parents.
Young Muslims may be drawn to the message of religious idealism propagated by ISIS. With a robust social media strategy, ISIS appeals to young people’s dissatisfactions by offering an ideological alternative—one that they portray as adventurous, honorable, and utopian.
Pray that young people who are targeted for recruitment by ISIS would encounter the Lord Jesus. Ask God to reveal to them their true identity in Jesus Christ. Pray that they would find no peace until they search out and find His Word. Pray that God would open their eyes to recognize temptations and evil, and that they would be rooted in the unswayable strength of the Lord.
Ask God to protect the young men and women who have already joined the ranks in ISIS. Pray that they would have dreams and visions of Jesus, and that the Spirit would fall on them. May they find true life and purpose now with Jesus Christ. Pray that they would rise up with strength and be a prophetic voice for justice and holiness.
Pray for God’s blessing to fall on parents of youth, imparting on them a vision of God’s righteous agenda for their sons and daughters.
“The first time I stood in front of a class of twenty Arab teenage boys, I was terrified.” A worker moves to the Middle East to impact youth for the Kingdom in The First Day of Class.