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In Days 21-30

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.

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:1-6

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.

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore. – Psalm 133

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.