“Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is that the Jewish people might be saved.” – Romans 10:1 NLT. If Paul wanted to see Jewish people saved, do we want to see Muslim peoples saved in the same way? Prayer is the most important and powerful thing we can do for international students. Here are some suggestions for each day of the week to pray for students from a Muslim background.
Monday – Pray that Muslim students would realize there is more to life than just career and money. Hebrews 13:5a NLT - “Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have.”
Tuesday – Pray that Muslim students would think deeply about what they most desire in a relationship with God (and find Allah lacking). Then that they would be open to the Spirit’s call. Romans 11:32 NLT - “For God has imprisoned all people in their own disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.”
Wednesday – Pray that Muslim students would have dreams and visions of Isa (Jesus). Acts 2:17 NLT - “In the last days, God said, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.”
Thursday - Pray that Muslim students would be open to serious discussions with Christians on campus about spiritual issues. Acts 16:13-14 NLT – “On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we supposed that some people met for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had come together. One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying.”
Friday - Pray that Muslim students would meet former Muslims on campus who have come to Christ personally and who show genuine love for their former spiritual brothers. Galatians 5:6 NLT – “For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, it makes no difference to God whether we are circumcised or not circumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.”
Saturday - Pray that Muslim students would “submit” (root meaning of Islam) to the call of Christ. Ephesians 5:21 NLT – “And further, you will submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Sunday - Pray that Muslim-background students who come to know Christ personally would be willing to be faithful witnesses for Christ on campus. First Peter 3:15 NLT – “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.”
Principles cited in this blog: Prayer is the most important and powerful thing we can do for students from a Muslim background.
Application for ISI ministry: The key to changed lives is asking the Holy Spirit to do it in Jesus’ name.
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