The Christian’s Tension Between Love and Caution
Read Luke 21:25-26
The recent ISIS attacks in Paris have accentuated a complex crisis in our world today — the increasing and unmatched violence of the Islamic State. Jesus said that the “distress of nations in perplexity” would be one of the signs that we are in the last days. The Syrian civil war and the plight of millions of Syrian refugees seeking asylum remains a hot topic in the news and illustrates the “distress of nations in perplexity.”
Pastor Ryan gave a broad overview of the current crisis in the Middle East. Look at the map below and pray for the nations involved in the conflict.
• Pray for the Syrian refugees who have had to flee their homes. Millions have already found refuge in the neighboring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Millions more are streaming into Europe in search of asylum. Others are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. Pray for the welfare of these families and that Christ-followers in each of the host countries will show and share the love of Jesus with these refugees.
Read Romans 12:13—13:1-10
• Pray for our government to exercise wisdom as it fulfills its role to protect our country while considering the welfare of refugees seeking asylum within our borders.
Read Romans 12:18-19; 13:8-10
The role of Christ-followers is to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are hurting. Our acts of kindness toward Muslims can open their hearts to receive the truth of the gospel.
• Consider ways in which your family can befriend Muslim neighbors and show them the love of Christ.
Conclude by praying for Kingsland’s Go Beyond Missions Ministry and our strategic engagement with Muslims at home and abroad.
• Pray that God will continue to use our work in the Islamic world to lead Muslims to experience true fulfillment in Jesus Christ, one home at a time.
• Talking With My Kids about Terrorism by Brad Flurry
• Praying for Paris by Omar C. Garcia
• How Can Western Christians Respond to Syrian Refugees? by Brian Haynes