Enlightened

Pray for those South Asians who are beginning to investigate the Bible to realize it is reliable and true. Pray that when they read the words of Jesus and encounter His claims, they will be enlightened and suddenly realize it is the truth. Pray that they will count all things loss compared to the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus the Lord, and follow Him.

Wall coming down

I have a very good friend who is a Hindu. We have known each other for more than 10 years. I enjoy fellowship in their house at least twice a month, often more. He and his father are very strict Hindu in the visual application of their beliefs. My friend is strongly opposed to talking about anything spiritual. As I labor to turn the conversation toward Christ, he quickly changes the subject. But slowly that wall is beginning to come down, especially with his elderly father. Please pray with us that Christ will draw this family and they will open the door to hearing The Gospel. Pray that they will see that there is only one true God and one true Savior!

May he find the Bible to be true

We have a Hindu friend whose father had a very real experience with Jesus but doesn’t seem to fully understand that he cannot follow both Jesus and Hinduism. We have been “storying” through the Bible with our friend and her father for the past 6 weeks or so. They engage with the stories well, especially the daughter, and understand Jesus to be both powerful and loving. But they don’t seem to see their need to follow Jesus as Savior. Our friend’s brother is very antagonistic. He claims to be an atheist and criticizes the Bible. He has decided to give our family a “presentation” on why the Bible is false and what he believes to be true, which he has planned for this week. We are praying that he as prepares his presentation, he would find the Bible to be true and give his heart to Jesus, along with his sister and father. Please pray with us that God would work mightily in the lives of these friends.

Holy Spirit, Work in Hearts

Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts and families of S. Asian Muslim women. May they receive the Scriptures and listen to them. May the Holy Spirit convince them of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and that Jesus is indeed the Savior and Son of God. May their families also seek Christ together, and be willing to leave extended families and “communities” for the reward of gaining Christ.

Intense Social Pressure

South Asians who are Muslim are very fearful to leave their religion and their communities. There is intense social pressure to conform, and many dire threats against them if they choose to leave Islam, especially the threat that they will go to hell if they do. Whenever anyone seems to become open to the gospel, others put pressure on them to stop. Please pray for a breakthrough, for freedom for those who are hungry to find spiritual Bread.

Bible Stories

Several S. Asian women receive Bible stories on their phones each night. Pray that as they listen, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ will shine on their hearts and they will receive the Savior as their own.

Knowledge of the Truth

Please pray for a S. Asian family who are having some interpersonal struggles, to come to the knowledge of the truth that is in Jesus and realize He is the answer to their needs. Pray that they will give up their reliance on Islam and put all that behind them, and that they will eagerly embrace the Way of Jesus.

Only In Jesus

Pray that as Muslim S. Asians return to their usual schedule after the end of Ramadan, the Lord will continue to speak to them about the things He was trying to bring to their attention during that month of seeking to draw near to Him. Pray that they will seek Him and find Him as they seek with their whole heart, and that they will realize salvation is found only in Jesus.

Ten Women

Ten unsaved women, mostly South Asians, have been listening to short Bible stories by WhatsApp every night for a month. Tonight, they will hear the last story, which includes an invitation to put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and to respond by messaging that they have done so. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to work mightily in their hearts and bring them salvation.

Stuck at Home

A family of staunch Muslims are spending months together in a small apartment, fearful of Covid-19, fasting all day, feasting half the night, suffering occasional power and water shortages, seeking to gain merit with God and draw close to Him through their prayers and fastings. Pray that the Spirit will reveal the futility of trying to make themselves good. Pray that they will read the Bible they have in their house. Pray that their eyes will be opened to see the light of the glory of God in the face of Christ. Pray for them to talk together as a family about the hypocrisies and disappointments and contradictions and unanswered problems in their religion. Pray that they will admit it does not satisfy the deep longings of their heart, nor make them feel close to God. Pray for the God of salvation to break through to bring them His salvation through faith in His Son.

An Open Door to Visit Soon

Several months ago, we prayed for a Hindu woman who has struggled with mental illness and depression. I gave her a Bible, but at the time she wasn’t reading it much. She’d even planned to return it. But recently, during this time of the pandemic, I began texting Bible verses to her. She found strength in verses like Isaiah 41:10 and Psalms 40:1,2. A couple of days ago, we texted and she claimed that she has put her trust in Jesus Christ! I would love to talk to her face-to-face but she is staying inside because of the pandemic. She says that her brother is defaming her everywhere, and she needs strength. Pray that the Word would speak to her boldly and that she would be encouraged by what she reads, and that I would get an opportunity to see her soon.

The Ring of Truth

As South Asians come in contact with believers and hear about the differences in what the Bible says versus what the Qur’an says, may they hear the ring of truth in Scripture and may faith come by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. May the Lord save many S. Asians during Ramadan in 2020.

Fasting to Draw Near to God

During the month of Ramadan, April 24-May 23, many South Asian Muslims will be fasting and praying, hoping to draw near to God. Pray that this year, 2020, the Lord will speak in powerful and clear ways during the month of Ramadan to enlighten their minds and help them see the light of Christ, who is the image of God. Pray that we will hear of many coming to faith in Christ.

Listening Daily

Please pray for ten young women who are listening to daily “Bedtime Bible Stories” by WhatsApp. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes, to behold wonderful things from God’s Word. Pray that as they begin to understand, they will want to study God’s Word more and more. Pray for new life in Christ.

Preparing for Ramadan

South Asians Muslims will soon be preparing for Ramadan. Meanwhile, many have made friends with Christians and some are learning Scripture. Pray that there will be a breakthrough during Ramadan, and that the light of the knowledge of the glory of God will be revealed to them in the face of Christ.

Staying In

Please pray for a S. Asian family who are in stay-at-home mode these days. They now have been given a Bible and a number of Christian books, as well as some books discussing differences between Christianity and Islam. Pray that they will avidly read and discuss and be convinced that Jesus is truly the Son of God and that they can have eternal life through believing in His Name.

A Free Exchange of Ideas

A S. Asian woman and her daughters recently discussed Islam with a Christian friend and loved the open exchange of ideas, discovering where the points of disparity exist. They all agreed that it is important to investigate whether the Bible or the Qur’an is true, and that it is each individual’s duty to discover the truth and follow it, no matter the cost. Please pray that as they continue on this journey, their search will lead them to recognize the reliability of the Bible and the errors in Islam, and that they will put their faith in Jesus Christ, having counted the cost and not turning back.

Declare what she has seen and heard

Please pray for a Muslim woman who agreed to pray that the Living God would reveal Himself. Pray that she will not shrink back from declaring what she has seen and heard during those days of prayer, and that she will decide to follow Jesus in spite of the cost.

Loneliness Within the Community

Pray for a S. Asian woman who is worried about the direction her adult children are going. Pray that they will all come to faith in Christ out of secularism. Pray that she will also follow Christ out of Islam and into the family of God. Pray that her loneliness will reveal to her the emptiness of her Muslim “community” and the richness of the Body of Christ.

For Our Enjoyment

Pray for a S. Asian friend who seems to want to spend time together but is fearful to read the Scriptures. Pray that she will realize the Scriptures are given to us for our enjoyment, for our learning, and to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, to lead us to God. She is afraid to try to interpret them without a religious “teacher.” Pray for her to be surprised at how the Spirit of God helps her understand the meaning.

Revelation of Christ

Pray for my S. Asian Muslim friend, who prayed with me last week that the Living God would reveal Himself to each of us. May the Lord Jesus be revealed to her as the image of the invisible God, as He revealed Himself to Saul on the road to Damascus. May she not shrink back but have faith to the saving of her soul.

More and More of Them

South Asian Muslims fear the reprisals if they leave Islam to follow Christ. They fear the reactions of their extended families. Nevertheless, more and more of them have a deep hunger to know more about the Bible and Jesus Christ. More and more of them are dissatisfied with their present way of life. Pray for spiritual breakthroughs. Pray for many to be saved and confess Christ openly.

Falling in Love with Jesus

Pray for a S. Asian woman who needs Jesus as her Savior. Pray that she will read the Christian books and the Bible she has gladly received. Pray that she will meet regularly with her Christian friend to read Scripture together. Pray that she will fall in love with Jesus to such an extent that she does not care what she will sacrifice in order to be with Him. And pray for her whole family to follow her into that Love.

Lonely and Searching

A S. Asian Muslim woman is lonely and searching. What things are actually commanded by Islam and what things are just cultural? How can she be more free, more sure of herself, more “positive”? She has received a Bible and is willing to read it when her Christian friend comes to visit. Together they pray for her needs. Please pray for her salvation, and that of her family.

Her Son Is Ill

Pray for a S. Asian neighbor whose son is suddenly ill. She needs the Lord Jesus as her Savior but is afraid to leave Islam. Please pray that this and all her circumstances may convince her that Jesus is truly the Savior who can be trusted with her whole life.

A Perfect Opportunity

When I arrived at my friend’s house she was writing down verses from the Qur’an having to do with men and women’s roles. As we talked, it became evident she was doing it not only so she could be a good wife, but also so she could point out to her husband when he was not following their holy book! And I thought to myself: “They have a form of godliness but have denied its power.” Even if their book tells them to do good, it has no answer to the question, “But how?” Try harder. Try harder. Try harder. Please pray for this woman and her family as they read the Bible I left with them, that they may see the light of Christ and believe in Him.

A Time of Transition

Please pray for a Muslim S. Asian family who are going through a time of transition as their oldest daughter gets married today. Pray for the Lord to touch their hearts and reveal to them the truth of the gospel, the truth of who Jesus really is, and the truth of salvation through grace by faith, not by works.

Hunger for the Bible

Please pray for the Lord to work in the hearts of S. Asian friends so they will begin to seek to meet for Bible study with their Christian neighbors. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give them an insatiable hunger to know what is in the Bible and to believe that it is the very Word of God, without error and inspired by Him.

A Wedding Coming

Pray for a Muslim S. Asian family who are preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter this month. They have heard the gospel but have steadfastly resisted putting their faith in Christ for salvation, preferring to cling to legalism. Pray that the Lord will bring a breakthrough as they pass through this Christmas season, and that if the marriage will hinder the daughter from believing in Christ, that she will be delivered from that alliance.

Loneliness and Restless Unhappiness

Pray for a S. Asian Muslim family who seem very hungry for God’s Word, yet cling to Islam. They are eager for friendship with Christians, and welcome them to their home. They turn conversations almost immediately to spiritual topics, asking many questions for hours. But then they argue with the answers they receive and seem to be trying to convert the Christians to Islam. Still, their loneliness and restless unhappiness shows. Pray that very soon they will become far less interested in Islam, not even remembering to compare whenever we read the Bible together. Pray that they will truly try to understand the Word of God. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open their eyes so that the spiritual truths can be discerned and embraced.

Grieving Mother

This past week, a few of us visited an Indian Muslim family. The mother is still grieving the husband who passed away on the day of Eid this year. One of the daughter in laws just recently received radiation for a cancerous growth in her back which caused paralysis in her legs. That’s the reason why we visited them, to see and pray for her. The other daughter suffers from breast cancer and is on treatment at the moment. This family has suffered much and the mother is not coping well. I tried to share Jesus with her. Please pray for this family that they will find the truth and the truth will set them free. We pray that God will bring healing to this family and we ask for miracles to take place so that they will see God’s power and glory.

Saved from death. May he be saved from eternal death.

A young Muslim man tried to commit suicide this morning. His life has been in turmoil for a long time. His sister and brother in law are Christians and are trying to support him. Please pray that Christ’s peace will come into his life through the influence of his sister.

Light of Life

Please pray for our S. Asian friends to come to Jesus, that they may no longer walk in darkness, but have the light of eternal life. Pray for them to feel how great is the darkness, both within and without, and that they will long to see. Pray they will ask questions of their Christian friends that reveal this longing.

A Spirit-Movement

Pray for a movement of the Holy Spirit among S. Asians. May He turn their hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, and compel them to come in out of the highways and byways into Jesus’ feast. May they grow sick of the dry crusts of their religions and come instead to the Bread of Life.

May She Come to the One Who Removes Fear

Pray for Susan, a Hindu young woman, who struggles with anxiety and depression. As a child there were “workers” (Christian missionaries) who lived near her, and she used to attend Bible Clubs. Last year her mother was brutally killed in their own home, while Susan was tied up and saw it all. Not surprisingly, her depression and anxiety worsened after that. The last couple of months the Lord has brought Susan into our path several times. Last week we were able to pray for her in the name of Jesus, and she asked for a Bible. A couple of days ago I took the Bible to her and we got to read some of it together. Pray that the Lord would touch Susan’s heart, that she would see the emptiness of Hinduism (especially during the Diwali festival of this weekend), and come to the One who takes away our fears and brings us peace.

He Is the Savior

Please pray for a S. Asian family who have heard the gospel numerous times but still resist accepting Jesus by faith. Pray that they will realize their deep lostness and that He is truly a living and powerful Savior, the only way to God.

English Students

Please pray for two students who are preparing for English exams with the help of a Christian lady. Pray that through their times together, they will have opportunity to use Scripture to learn English and that they will come to faith in Christ.

Joy in His Presence

Pray for unsaved women who came to a lunch and heard a short devotional on finding joy in God’s presence, to now begin to come to read the Scriptures together and learn to know Him through Jesus Christ.

Thursday Ladies’ Lunch

Please pray for a lunch on Thursday to which I’ve invited a number of S. Asian women.  Pray that those with spiritual hunger will come. Pray that the Spirit will fill the time and my home with warmth and love. Please pray that the Lord will open a conversation that allows me to offer a Bible study to any who would like it. Pray that some brave ones would respond publicly and say they would like to participate. Pray for others to be influenced by their example. Pray for the Lord to use this event to move each unsaved woman closer to faith in Christ.

Chatting on WhatsApp

There are a number of young South Asian women I met at a wedding a few months ago who like to chat with me by WhatsApp. Would you pray that the Lord will have them initiate conversations about spiritual things that open doors for the gospel? One of the young women would like to meet for coffee on Wednesday.