Ramadan Day 9- Self Control
Sudan – Idris Nalos, an African animist, had converted to the Christian faith. Soon after his conversion, he became an evangelist, and began preaching in the remote places. In just a few years, he had he planted three churches, and fell under the watchful eye of the authorities. Considered dangerous because of his activities, he was arrested by the Islamic government, and put in prison where he was tortured to get him to deny his faith. Beaten for hours every day, he was also totally deprived of sleep. Unwilling to give up and give into the prison guards’ demands, he begged for God to strengthen him. He did not want to show the guards that he was about to collapse. God answered Idris’ prayer by giving him a vision where he saw all those to whom he had preached the gospel and, in turn, proclaimed the Good News to other people. “I saw all those who were saved,” he said. In this vision, he realized that even if his life was taken, others had already picked up the baton and were willing to carry on. From this moment, Idris was no longer afraid for his life. After three weeks of ceaseless torment, his torturers released him without explanation. STAND “ONE WITH THEM” Consider purchasing “One With Them” wristbands, and giving them to friends and family members so that they too can join in prayer for persecuted brothers and sisters worldwide. PRAY “ONE WITH THEM” Lord, we pray today for believers who are tempted almost beyond what they can humanly bear. Fill them with Your power to endure, with Your wisdom to speak boldly, and Your strength to overcome, giving You all the glory. Amen.