But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, – Galatians 5:22
Day 21: Peace
Traveling home from an Open Doors seminar in east Africa, Christian students saw a young Muslim man tie a rope around a tree. They stopped and asked what he was doing.
“I want to kill myself,” he replied. “I say my prayers five times a day and I read the Quran. I have money, a wife and children, but I have no peace. I want peace. That is my one big wish.”
Applying what they had learned at the seminar, the students witnessed to the man named Keder, telling him that even though the Quran teaches that Jesus is a prophet, He is also the Prince of Peace and the Savior of everyone who accepts Him as Lord. Keder followed the students to church where they prayed together. Afterward, Keder told the students, “I’ve found the peace I was seeking.”
The following day Keder showed up at the seminar where he was asked to share his testimony. “Until now, Islam was the only genuine religion for me because it was straightforward. I studied the Quran for five years and I did my rituals daily but none of that gave me peace so I decided to kill myself. Then I met Christians yesterday and everything changed. Muslims are hurting without the knowledge of the Scriptures, therefore pray for them.”
Keder is now secretly studying the Bible and attending church. His is the first Muslim in his area to accept Christ. The peace of Jesus has made Keder unafraid and wanting to witness to his Muslim brothers. He is even prepared to die for Jesus.
Over the month of August, Open Doors ministry has a special mission they are encouraging all to partake in. “During the month of Ramadan, from August 1-30, 2011, Open Doors is calling on Christians in the West to pray for Christians living in Islamic dominated countries… praying specifically for God to fill and strengthen them with the ‘Fruit of the Spirit.’ This ‘fruit’ embodied in each believer; molds, shapes and transforms us – expressing the image of His Son. And through this image, shining through a believer, God draws people to salvation.”
I signed up for their daily prayer emails for this mission. Each day, they send an account of a Christian who is living in Islamic-dominated countries. I pray this will help us to remember to pray for those who are ministering to hearts in foreign countries with the gospel.
“Open Doors works in the world’s most oppressive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these dark places. Open Doors empowers persecuted Christians by supplying Bibles, training Christian leaders, developing Christian communities and ensuring prayer, presence and advocacy for these suffering believers.” (www.OpenDoorsUSA.org)
[MY APOLOGIES: DAY 20 NEVER WAS SENT TO ME!)