Yesterday, as I was (lightly) fasting and praying, I had this sense that maybe our information is wrong. We hear that all of the Christians have been expelled from Mosul, Iraq in one way or another.
My heart goes out to them.
Still, I wonder if there are some disciples left behind. Some who remain, perhaps under the radar. I remember that God told Elijah that He'd reserved some faithful people for himself at a time when Israel was caught in idolatry.
“…Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel–all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
1 Kings [19:19]
If God can reserve some faithful people for Himself, perhaps He has.
Will you join me in praying for anyone who might be left behind? Pray that:
- Peace and love would replace terror and hate
- Any Christians left behind would be protected, strengthened, and encouraged by the power of the Holy Spirit
- Any Christians left behind would have both wisdom and boldness about how, when, and where to minister to those around them
- Even the most radical Islamists would have a life-changing encounter with the love and majesty of the Lord, Jesus Christ
- A revelation the Lord that brings godly fear and awe in the context of a loving Creator
- God would be revealed as El Shaddai (God Almighty), El Elyon (God of strength, power, and might), El Olam (God of mystery and time), and Jehovah Jireh (God who provides)
As one grafted in, may we all enter into the blessings of Christ. May our hearts be aligned with His heart. May our thoughts, words, and actions be submitted to His rule. And may our service in prayer be an act of worship.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
ד שְׁמַע, יִשְׂרָאֵל: יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ, יְהוָה אֶחָד.
ה וְאָהַבְתָּ, אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל-לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁךָ, וּבְכָל-מְאֹדֶךָ.