Honor and shame are compelling motivators in the Muslim world.
Many have been driven to join the ranks of ISIS out of a sense of honor to their comrades, to authority figures, or to their religion. For these fighters, their choice is a matter of dignity, bravery, and integrity.
“See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor.” – Joshua 6:2
Pray that God would redirect the honor and valor of these men toward His purposes. Pray that they rise up as mighty men who stand for the Lord Jesus.
The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name. – Exodus 15:2-3
Pray for the estimated 20,000 to 35,000 ISIS members in Syria and Iraq. Pray that God would not leave a single one untouched by His love. Pray that those who initially turn to the Lord would be strong witnesses to the rest. Pray these fighters would find real strength—not in their abilities or power—but in the strength and power of Christ.
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” – Mark 12:28-34
Pray that they would exercise all their strength and power to love God fully and obey all His commands. Pray that, above all, they would love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and that they would seek to love others as themselves.
“It was a sobering moment as I stood there, lusting for a TV, while seeing images of Christians who are being killed.”
We need regular reminders of the realities that most of the world faces. Here’s encouragement to invest in what is real at Forgoing the Bigger.