December 27 : Bihari Muslims in need of Jesus. Bihari Muslims experience the same problems as anyone: illnesses, unemployment and financial concerns. Some listen to Christian radio programs in the Urdu language and then call the station to ask for prayer related to their problems. One of the listeners, Mr. A, called to ask for prayer for his brother who is suffering from a serious liver problem. The radio programmer was able to share about Jesus’ love and pray with Mr. A. Please pray for physical healing for Mr. A’s brother. Please also pray for the salvation of Mr. A, his brother and their families. Approximately 17 million Bihari Muslims living in India are in need of Jesus and His salvation.
December 28 : Everything for Good. A cross-cultural workers writes, “In the midst of some encouraging work to the north of our city, there have been a number of events that require prayer. Although I could list many individual things, I will just summarize by saying that both physical and spiritual oppression have been regular occurrences. Please pray for the spiritual warfare that Jesus told us would come when we do His ministry.”
December 29 : Faithful Fruit. Earlier this year, you were asked to pray for new fruit among Muslims. God has answered your prayers! This year some of the recent believers have boldly gone where Christians fear to tread. They have gone back into their Muslim communities and proclaimed Jesus! They have held meetings with families they have identified as seekers and have shown the “JESUS” film to them while fielding their many questions. This has led to a handful of men and even full families coming to faith in Christ, and it is not just happening in one place, but in multiple places! Some of the believers who are doing this have been in Christ for two years, while others have been saved only a few months. Much of this has occurred through the faithful witness of one Christian evangelist. He himself comes from a Hindu family, but he has been genuinely saved and is devoted to Jesus. God is using him to introduce Muslim “people of peace” (Luke 10:6) to Jesus, and God is bringing them to faith. God is then giving these new believers the grace, vision and boldness to be witnesses to their family and friends. Rejoice in what God is doing, and pray that this will continue regardless of the many challenges being faced. Pray that these new believers will grow in their faith and understanding through Bible study and loving obedience to what they understand from their study.
December 30 : Training Trainers. A cross-cultural worker in K writes, “We will be having two important meetings with organizations working in the state about training and partnering opportunities. Please pray for guidance for both parties as we seek God’s will in reaching the 30-plus unreached people groups in the state.” Another worker in the Punjab writes, “Several pastors have been reporting new believers and baptisms. Pray for the new believers in the Punjab, and lift up the pastors who are leading them. Please ask God to strengthen these believers, and pray that they will “catch a vision” to see lost people come to know the Savior.”
December 31 : End of the Rope. Pray for wisdom and discernment for cross-cultural workers throughout India as they teach and train those who are making decisions to follow Jesus. A cross-cultural worker writes: “J is going to another city to visit a man who accepted Christ last year, and who called J to say that he is at the end of his rope, he needs help, and he wants to get serious about following Christ. J needs wisdom in how to help him. Pray that this new believer really will get serious about his walk with Christ now and lean on Christ in his weakness.”
January 1 : New Beginnings. As newer Muslim-background believers live out their faith, pray that they will remain solidly founded upon God’s Word. Making a living is difficult work for them, as many are challenged to find time to read or listen to His Word. Many spend their energies day after day on hard labor, working long hours. Please pray that God will give them a hunger and a deep desire for God and His Word that will outstrip their exhaustion. Pray that they will consistently feed on the Bible daily, reading, meditating on it, and obeying what they understand. The only way their old ways and beliefs will change is if they get into God’s powerful Word.
January 2 : Emerging Leaders. An international brother is asking you to pray for leaders to emerge from among the new Rajasthani believers. Please pray that those who have been called to reach their own will obey and follow Scripture. Some new discipleship material is available that is very Muslim friendly and adaptable for anyone seeking to sit at the feet of their Savior.