For All Who Thirst

Lee DeYoung

READ : Isaiah 55:1-7

Tibet is extremely dry and barren. Because of the rugged Himalayas, the vast Tibetan Plateau receives only 10 inches of rain per year. Life is harsh. Tibetans struggle to appease the spirit world through Lamaistic-Buddhist chants, rituals, and sacrifices. For decades, Tibet has endured Chinese occupation.

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (v. 1). The Lord’s gracious invitation is for all who thirst for deliverance from worldly struggles Jews and all Gentiles alike. Today we intercede for five Sino-Tibetan peoples whose traditions signal their profound spiritual thirst. The Tibetan, Bhutanese, and Burmese people are predominantly Buddhist. Many of Myanmar’s Arakanese people practice Islam while others are Buddhist. Most of India’s Manipuri are either Hindu and Muslim.

Pray that the saving knowledge of the Lord will touch multitudes among each group. Isaiah affirms that the love of Christ will ultimately touch every nation: “Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you because of the Lord your God” (v. 5). Growing response to Words of HOPE’s gospel broadcasts in the Tibetan and Bhutanese (Dzongkha) languages suggests that this spiritual movement may have already begun. Praise God!

PRAYER

Lord of the harvest, raise up strong local churches among all Tibetan peoples by the year 2000. In Jesus’ name. Amen.