Saturday, August 23, 2014
Pray for ISIS?
Talking is something I love to do! Watching what I say is not always top priority when engaged in conversation. So this verse prompted a prayer,"Lord, help!!" No sooner had I prayed that when the Lord whispered into my heart. Pray for your enemies.
That was an interesting statement as I had just finished writing an article on Examiner about the atrocities of ISIS. I elicited prayer for the persecuted Christian Iraqi's, but never thought about praying for the members of ISIS. Jesus challenged us to do exactly that. "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you" (Matthew 5:44). ISIS is surely an enemy of Christians and Jews, for their desire is to eliminate them, but Jesus still calls us to pray for them. So I did.
"Dear Father, you know the evil intent of these men.Just like Saul who was on the Damascus road to eliminate Christians, I pray that the leaders in the ISIS movement will have their own epiphany. They believe they are following Allah's edict to eliminate the infidels. Show them who you really are: Jesus Christ, who they persecute. Reveal yourself to them. Draw them to yourself. Turn a Saul into a Paul. In Jesus Name. Amen."
After I finished praying, the Lord gave me another idea. Why not have others pray and write their prayers as a comment? So I invite you to pray for ISIS, as crazy as it seems.Who knows what God will do?
Posted by Anita Estes at 8/23/2014