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In Days 21-30

Paul is an example of a man who was led by a religious zeal to harm others. But the Father set him apart for His own purposes.

For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I … went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. – Galatians 1:13-17

Pray for those members of ISIS whom God has set apart for His Kingdom work. Ask God to reveal Jesus to them and set their feet on His path. Thank God for the many sons and daughters who will be brought into His Kingdom.

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. – Romans 10:1-4

Imagine if the zeal of ISIS were redeemed for Kingdom purposes. Pray that radicals would be brought into right knowledge of Jesus. Pray that members of ISIS would believe in Jesus and be savedmay their boasting be in the death and life of Christ alone. May they be done with their efforts to establish their own righteousness and seek the saving righteousness of God instead.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. – Matthew 5:9

Pray that radicals would be drawn to the Prince of Peace. Pray that they would lay down other agendas, bow their knees to Jesus, and devote themselves to His causethe reconciliation of man to man, and of God and man. Pray that ISIS would become known for sending out peacemakers throughout the Middle East.

“We sat with one group of refugees who gossiped about how a woman in the homeland had been murdered—lynched and stoned—by her own countrymen. They have no idea what they are doing, one woman said, rubbing her eyes in shock at the depths of evil her own countrymen were capable of.” Read the story at Living Among Refugees.

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