We tend to think of Muslims as one unified people.
The reality is that Muslims are divided into countless factions and tribes. As groups focus on these divisions, it sets them against one another. At its extreme, this division leads to violence.
Jesus treated everyone with love and respect—Samaritans, Gentiles, and his fellow Jews alike. His example introduces us to a new way of living—in unity with all. Pray that people in the Middle East would seek the peace that accompanies walking in the unity of the Spirit, as one body with all God’s children.
The first city to be captured by ISIS in Iraq was Falluja. The city’s Syriac name, Pallgutha, is derived from the word division.
Pray that God would remove the spirit of division that is tearing apart nations in the Middle East. Pray for unity and healing in Christ, that people would worship as one body. Ask God to show them the joy of worshiping His glory in unity and the blessing of submitting to His agenda.
Iraqis present a united front to outsiders. But internally, it’s a completely different story. If you are not my kind, you are an outsider. The result is a deeply fractured nation.
Will we also be for our own people? Or will we follow the way of Jesus, who is for all peoples? Read more at To the Ends of the Earth.