(Voice of the Persecuted) Brothers and Sisters, so many feel a ‘shift’ taking place as time draws closer to the end of the age. An urgency has been placed in our hearts to share the Gospel and bring the Good News of salvation through Christ, our Lord. Blaine Scogin, the Founder of Persecution Watch and Prayer Director of Voice of the Persecuted, had a heart for the lost and a longing for them to know Christ. Each year, he hosted 30 nights of prayer on the Persecution Watch prayer conference call so that we could pray together for Muslims to come to Christ during Ramadan. In the past. Our Brother Blaine shared the following a few years ago.
In the Book of Acts we read,
and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:26-31
God has put within man the desire to seek him. But because of the fall, that desire has become corrupted. Cultures that were meant to seek the one true God seek false gods. This is no less true of Muslims.
Ramadan is considered a holy month by Muslims. It’s a time when Muslims are seeking their god and are open to spiritual things. They understand they have sinned and need to be forgiven. However, they seek to do it through works and not the redemption and grace that is found in Jesus. It’s also a time when Christians around the world are crying out for a harvest to come out of the Muslim nations. Many prayers for this to be a time when a course correction will take place and Muslims will find the true God. That they will come to know the truth of who Jesus Christ really is, feel the reality of his presence, welcome him into their hearts and follow him.
God loves all people including, Muslims. He LOVES them! He loves them SO much that He came to the earth as a baby, lived a perfect life, gave His own life as the perfect sacrifice for their sins, and then raised Himself from the grave!
How do we know, because it is written.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18
The Coming Day of the Lord
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:3-9
Blaine wrote, “He wants all Muslims “to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4)
Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Praise God, that is exactly what is happening today! More Muslims have turned to follow Jesus in the past  years than in the previous 1400 years combined! But our hearts are still heavy because 1.8 billion Muslims are still living without a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. And so we PRAY!”
Only God can see the true hearts and minds of men, we cannot. For this reason, we pray for all who are lost without Christ.
We are outraged by a religion that seems to condone terrorism, jihadists and suicide bombers. But isn’t Jesus is the answer? Let’s not harden our hearts toward the lost but plead for the revealing of the Truth in Christ. It would be a tragedy to miss this opportunity to pray for Muslims who are seeking what only Christ can provide.
What if we prayed that God would reveal Himself to Muslims during Ramadan? What if we covered millions of Muslims with 30 days of intercession that something would happen as they fast and searched for God? If we believe in the power of prayer, could we not expect God to respond to our cries for those who are lost?
As Brother Blaine did each year, the team will continue to host nightly calls during Ramadan. We will be following along with the Prayercast Team’s platform in praying for Muslims for the next 30 days, which begins April 24, today! Please sign up here to receive the daily video and prayer points from Prayercast which we will cover on the nightly prayer conference calls.
WHAT IS SAWM? Fasting is intended to teach Muslims discipline and self-control. Some think that if one can master the basic desires for food, water, and sex, they can master any temptation throughout the rest of the year. It also helps Muslims to grow in their submission to Allah.
Ramadan is a focused time of drawing closer to Allah – to let the hunger pangs serve as reminders of a need for God. It is also a time of “reformation” (working hard not to lie or do bad deeds) and “rewards” (earning extra merits and favors).
PRAYER POINTS that have been shared by Brother Blaine on the 1st day of Ramadan
- Pray Muslims would be delivered from the crushing burden of striving to earn God’s favor.
- Let us cry out for a great harvest among Islamic believers that they will find Jesus, the Messiah.
- Pray that Jesus would reveal Himself in visions, dreams, and the Injil (New Testament). For true repentance and realization their salvation depends on Christ alone.
- Pray that Muslims would become aware of evil thoughts and desires within that cannot be avoided by fasting.
- Let us pray for those deceived by the ideology of jihad to become true followers of Jesus Christ and used for Kingdom purposes.
Dear brothers and sisters, we challenge you to join us on the conference call to pray during these 30 nights of prayer for the persecuted, the harvest and for Muslims to come out of the dark, receive the truth and follow Jesus.
Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch Team
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!
NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.
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