“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”Ephesians 6:12
Sabreen and Omar’s story is powerful. When the young couple converted from Islam to Christianity, they became targets; they were apostate and guilty of a crime that the Koran says is punishable by death. They had no choice but to flee their home city and move from town to town. Yet the reach of fanatical Islam is wide, and wherever they went in Iraq, they knew danger was close at hand. They changed their identity and became refugees in a neighboring country. There they were shocked to hear that close Christian friends back in Iraq— one male, one female—had been brutally killed. “You’re next” was the message that accompanied one gruesome photograph, sent by their would-be killers.
Though it is remarkable how this couple faced fear and danger, the most profound thing is the way Sabreen has chosen to respond: “I keep on praying. I pray for ISIS: ‘Jesus, just let them know who you are.’”
Can you find it in your heart to pray for your enemies? Pray to the God who has loved you even while we were yet enemies of Him.
Pray for ISIS too, that even in their evil and depravity, Jesus might break through.
Bible In A Year
- Exodus 21-22
- Psalm 36
- Mark 16