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Friday, August 10, 2012

A prayer for the Nations

Friday is Islam's holy day, much like Sunday is to Christians. Today, millions of people will stream into mosques around the world, face Mecca, and offer the prescribed prayers. Please pray that as many go about their typical prayer routine that those with hearts hungry for God will receive visions and even dreams of Jesus. Please pray that Jesus will connect believers with those that receive these dreams and visions and that they in turn will turn their hearts over to Jesus. Please pray that those countries that now boast Islamic domination will one day bow their knees to Jesus.

Today's Devotional

Hebrews 6:16-17 "... Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath."
God promised Abraham that he would receive blessings and that he, in turn, would become a blessing to all the families of the earth. After Abraham had demonstrated his faithfulness to the Lord by his willingness to offer his son, Isaac, to the Lord, (Genesis 22), God confirmed the promise with an oath. This is the event referred to by the writer of Hebrews, who affirms that the reason for the oath was to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear. God is committed by oath to bless His people, and through them to bless every family (people group) of the earth.
Thank the Father for making His purposes so clear to us, the heirs of the promise to Abraham.


Today's People Group

For centuries, the Vishwakarma Brahmins have shown their excellence in artistry. Their name derives from the Sanskrit term for the presiding deity of all architects, craftsmen, and the Lord of Creation. They excel as blacksmiths, sculptors, copper workers, gold-smiths, and carpenters. It is customary for Vishwakarma artisans to worship their tools in the name of this deity.

Under most circumstances, the Vishwakarma Brahmins have traditionally been able to enjoy a middle to a high level of wealth in India. Current economic and technological forces have, however, moved the Vishwakarma to a lower economic class because there is less demand for the handmade items that they have traditionally produced.

In some cases this has disrupted their lives significantly. Those Vishwakarmas who are having hard financial times can receive aid from the Vishwakarma Service Society, an organization that exists for such needs. Those who live in small villages are especially vulnerable to poverty. Vishwakarma Brahmins are generally able to earn a higher wage in towns where there is factory employment.

Pray that the Vishwakarma Brahmins will see the inadequacy of material possessions and what their own hands can create. Pray that they will soon look to the God who created them with His own hands. Pray that they will learn about Jesus so that they can have a personal relationship with the loving God.-JR
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