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Monday, May 14, 2007

[ShBride #17] Our Divine Victor

Shiite Muslims – a people God is pursuing to be Jesus’ Bride

 "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings and for those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." I Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)

As we walk through the different parts of the city where we live, we pass through many different neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own flavor and markings that offer hints as to what the dominant religious faith is of that particular community.

In the Shiite areas these signs are large posters of different religious and political leaders of not only our local Shiite community but also of different Shiite leaders from the broader Shiite world. Under many of these pictures one can read words of praise such as "The Divine Victor" or "Yes, we trust your successes and victories won."

Shiites are drawn to the charismatic attributes of these leaders. They often feast on every word their leaders utter, believing their words to be divine truth. The words of these men can bring tens of thousands into the streets in protest or for a display of religious or political unity. These men literally have the power to cause death or allow life, to bring peace, or to promote strife.

As we walk and view these portraits we are reminded that God has called us to pray for those in authority and He has called us to pray for these men. Not to pray for their destruction, but to pray for their salvation.

Please join us in praying for three of the Shiite world's most powerful men. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Imam Muqtada al-Sadr in Iraq, and Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon.

Pray that God will open their hearts to the truth of Jesus and grant them His wisdom to use their authority wisely. Pray that God will work a miracle in their lives! Like Paul two thousand years ago, pray that these men will experience a life changing event that will draw them to Jesus, which in turn will open the door for thousands of their loyal followers to turn to Jesus, our real "Divine Victor!"

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