No Rest from Praying

Lee DeYoung

READ : Isaiah 62:1-7

It was Isaiah’s job both to preach and pray constantly: “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn” (v. 1). The prophet refused to rest until: “The nations will see your righteousness and all kings your glory” (v. 2).

Isaiah stresses the necessity of praying constantly for the fulfillment of God’s saving purpose: “Never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest” (vv. 6-7). Isaiah really took praying seriously! So must we.

Continuing our focus on Turkic Muslims, intercede today for the Uzbek (of Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan), Tatar (of Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, and Ukraine), and the Bashkir peoples (of Russia).

A few years ago, I traveled to the Bashkir capital with Words of HOPE’s now-retired president Dr. Bill Brownson. When we arrived at a large mosque around noon Friday (their primary worship time), a zealous non-Christian man confronted me outside the front door and started a tense theological debate. Meanwhile, another non-Christian man ushered Bill into the mosque and (amazingly) invited him to preach to the worshipers, who listened attentively to Bill’s testimony about Jesus!

Day after day, miracles like that are happening in unexpected places. The continual prayers of many faithful believers play a crucial role!

PRAYER

Jesus, may Your face shine on these peoples today. Amen.