2018 Summer Prayer Guide
Transforming Muslims Worldwide Through Jesus Christ
We praise you, Lord of Hosts, for having opened the door of the arts and entertainment world to the leaders of GCM so that more Muslims may hear of your love for them and of their redemption in Christ.
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” Psalm 29:2
Heavenly Father, please pour out divine wisdom and grace over GCM as their disciple makers bring Jesus’ Gospel throughout the Middle East. May each heart receive Him with gladness.
“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Mark 4:8
Holy Spirit, as GCM disciple makers guide your rescued sheep into Jesus’ loving arms, we ask that you nourish their spirit and deepen their commitment so that, in turn, each may rescue more lost sheep.
“For ‘you were like sheep going astray,’ but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:25
Wednesday: Church Planting
Lord, you identify Persons pf Peace through whom GCM forms Discovery Bible Study groups. May each grow into a multiplying house-church with disciples who fan the heavenly fire of the movement you are leading among Muslims.
“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Luke 3:16b
Thursday: Leadership Development
Jesus, you appoint “spiritual generals” who face the forces of evil to bring their fellow countrymen to you. Please protect and strengthen them as they don your full armor each day, and do not let them fall in battle.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11
Friday: Redemptive Compassion Ministries
Precious Savior, each one of us was enslaved until you freed us from sin’s stranglehold. As they minister to the hurt, the rejected, and those without hope, we pray that you will guide GCM’s disciple makers to thousands of sin’s captives.
“He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” Luke 4:18b
Saturday: Persecuted Body of Christ
Father, we know that you tenderly sustain your flock which Jesus bought with His own blood. Yet, savage wolves will attack your sheep, even from within the Body. Fill the sheep of your pasture with joy as you make them victorious over evil.
“For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4
The “Bam” of God
“I will put my Spirit in you and you will live.” Ezekiel 37:14a
Ever wondered why, when reading God’s Word, there are times a verse suddenly hits us hard, “bam between the eyes”? That’s God’s Holy Spirit speaking to us, and we need to pay close attention. Often, God is pointing out something that needs to be chiseled away from our character as He transforms us into Christ’s likeness.
Yes, we can ignore the Holy Spirit’s promptings for a while, but God won’t give up. He’ll increase the intensity of His communication to us until we obey out of love.
All sins are obstacles that prevent us from reaching the next level of intimacy with Him. Because He loves us and created us in His image, God wants the best for us: a glorious and abiding relationship with Him- just like Jesus had with the Father while He was on earth. That is the abundant life Jesus promises to us in John 10:10.
Our transformation can be painful or it can be joyful; the choice is ours. That’s the freedom from sin’s enslavement from which He saved us. God, however, will never force us to love or obey Him. He desires our obedience only if it’s out of love for Him.
If we truly have accepted Jesus’ extraordinary gift of eternal salvation, He will continue to mold us because we are His beloved children whom He rescued with His own life. The more we resist the promptings of the Holy Spirit, the more difficult our spiritual growth becomes.
What makes our transformation easier and joyful? Our daily, heartfelt desire to grow ever closer to Him- and even that desire comes from God. His thoughts flow to us when we yield to Him; it’s like plugging an electrical instrument into an outlet. Unless it’s connected to the source of power, it can’t do anything, even though it has the built-in capability.
Our spiritual journey in becoming more like Christ is a lifelong process. It actually is a vicious battle against Satan who wants to destroy us through our own sinful nature. That’s why God equips us with an invincible armor: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:14-17).
Jesus came to free the captives- us! Captives of Satan. Captives of eternal death. Captives of our pride, self-centeredness, and rebellion. It cost Jesus everything to rescue us, including Muslims.
Let’s lift up GCM’s leaders in daily intercession before God. Like us, they too face their own spiritual battles. Also, in their home countries they must battle Satan’s external forces of darkness who severely persecute former Muslims who turn to Christ. Protected by God’s armor and sustained by His power, these “spiritual generals” are bringing thousands of their fellow countrymen to Christ.
This summer, pray for this key GCM initiative: Leadership Development
All former Muslims, GCM disciple makers have experienced Jesus’ transformational love. They bring God’s Word to other Muslim nations and start Discovery Bible Study groups that form self-replicating churches.
Nearly all volunteers, they cannot minister without your prayer and financial support. As you pray, please consider giving monthly. GCM’s “frontline” disciple makers risk their lives every day to advance and sustain today’s unprecedented movement of God among Muslims.
Worldwide, Muslim hearts cry out for hope, looking for someone who cares, someone who loves them. Your prayers and gifts go a long way and accomplish much. God calls you to carry out the Great Commission, and GCM needs you!
- Evangelism, Discipleship, and Church Planting
- Leadership Development
- Redemptive Compassion Ministries
- International Disciple-Making Movements
Meet Nastaran, sister in the Lord and GCM disciple-making leader
Her testimony illustrates the results of your prayers and financial support. May you be encouraged as you read about the abundant fruit God is producing through the unique and courageous ministry of GCM.
Like thousands of persecuted former Muslims who have turned to Christ, Nastaran lives in a country closed to the Gospel.
“Until you have shown me your presence and changed my life, I won’t believe you are God.”
Born into a military family of seven children, Nastaran endured severe beatings from her father for every mistake she made. Terrified of him while growing up, she felt worthless and unloved, as well as abandoned by her mother who didn’t protect her.
After leaving the military, Nastaran’s father started a business. His partner first raped Nastaran when she was seven. Whenever she tried to tell her father, he didn’t believe her and would beat her into unconsciousness. In an effort to hide from her rapist, she began to sleep in her closet at night, but the sexual abuse continued for 10 years.
Nastaran kept her life of terror secret, knowing that if even her parents didn’t believe her or come to her defense, no one else would either. Unable to deal with the deep emotional scars forming in her soul, at the age of 17 she became clinically depressed and tried to run away from home.
Her mother suggested that acting might help Nastaran’s worsening depression. She temporarily found new hope, until the day her acting teacher tried to rape her. Although she escaped him, the shock brought her over the edge. She visited several psychologists who did nothing more than medicate her. Taking up to 12 prescription pills a day, Nastaran was sleeping 18 hours each day.
Seeing marriage as the solution to her daughter’s problems, her father forced her to become engaged. When her fiancé discovered that Nastaran wasn’t acting normally, he saw her only as an object to use and abuse. When her sister inadvertently walked in on an attempted rape on Nastaran by her fiancé, he ran away. Soon after, he began to threaten her and her family.
Threats turned into violence when her fiancé burned down her father’s store. He was later arrested as he tried to throw acid on Nastaran’s face. Her fear of men then turned into hatred; she even stopped trusting her own brothers.
One day, through GCM, she heard the Good News that Jesus is the Savior of the world and He could save her. Unable to trust Him, Nastaran feared that He would hurt and abuse her too, just like other men.
Tired of living, Nastaran failed at suicide five times. In her last attempt, she decided to hang herself. First, she swallowed all the pills she had in her room, then told Jesus, “Until you have shown me your presence and changed my life, I won’t believe you are God.” As she hung herself, she cried out, “Jesus if you are God, please don’t let my feet touch the ground.” The last thing she remembered was hearing Jesus’ voice telling her He would protect her.
As she came to, 12 hours later, Nastaran noticed rope marks and severe bruising around her neck where she had tied the noose, but the rope lay unknotted on the floor. She immediately knelt to worship Jesus Christ. For the first time, she experienced divine love, joy, and hope. That very day, she stopped using all drugs, including the opium to which she had become addicted.
When Nastaran told her family about Jesus’ miracle and her new faith in Him as her Lord and Savior, they all came to Christ. God already had prepared each one by appearing to them in dreams. In recent years, such dreams have been reliably well-documented among Muslims.
A few months later, Nastaran visited her doctor for a follow up on a blood clot that had developed on her brain. To everyone’s amazement, her doctor said, “The blood clot is completely gone. You have been miraculously healed!” Nastaran then shared the Gospel and her testimony with her doctor. He too came to Christ. At that point, Nastaran began to tell everyone she met about Jesus and His transformational love. She wants to tell the whole world about Him and all He has done for her.
Now happily married and no longer taking acting lessons, Nastaran is a full-time disciple maker on staff with GCM. She is reaping a large harvest among her countrymen. To date, she has established 102 Discovery Bible Study groups, planted 51 house-churches, and is developing 48 disciple-making leaders in her home country and surrounding regions.
Evangelism, Discipleship, and Church Planting- GCM brings Jesus’ light into the darkness – You can bring Jesus to the hopeless by participating in this unprecedented movement of God:
- Pray every day using your GCM Prayer Guide.
- Support GCM financially at catalyticministries.com/donate.
- Host a small group in your home or church, and introduce new people to GCM.
- Share your GCM Prayer Guide with your family and friends.