PRAYER ALERT on ISIS plots Christmas market attacks. ISIS has targeted Christmas markets in Britain, France and Germany for new terrorist attacks. In messaging apps, ISIS jihadis have circulated posts saying “Soon on your holidays” in English, French and German. One shows a hooded figure dressed in black standing over a kneeling Santa Claus. The background displays Regent Street, London. In another image, a huge bloody hand holds a knife over Christmas markets. The Eiffel Tower stands in the background.
Now ISIS has lost ground in Syria and Iraq. As a result, its terrorists increasingly aim at targets around the world. Already ISIS has perpetrated or inspired attacks in about 30 countries worldwide. So we must pray that God Himself will frustrate their plots during this Christmas season.
PRAY WITH US. Father God, thank You that You so loved us that You sent Your Son in the flesh. He came to live and die for our salvation. But now terrorists seek to live and die for our destruction. They want to spoil the birthday of Your Son. They target where people gather—for vacation, for recreation, for buying gifts, for celebrating the Incarnation—to deal the maximum number of deaths. ISIS terrorists are coming home to steal, kill and destroy.
But Jesus came that we might have life, and have it abundantly. And He gave us the Holy Spirit from heaven, who is greater than any who is in the world. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. So we ask that Your Spirit search out all the plans of the terrorists. Cause them to fall to the ground and have no effect. Instead, let Your good plans prevail. Send them witnesses to bring light into their desperately dark lives. Convict them of sin and turn them from their wicked ways. Give them the grace You gave to Saul. Lead them to witness to their co-conspirators. Let them glorify Your Son instead of persecute Him on His birthday. And make the New Year a new kairos time for the fall of worldwide Islamic terrorism and the rise of worldwide Christian revival. In Jesus name, amen.
DailyInsight. For thousands of years God gave us His voice, His messengers, His words. But in the manger God gave us Himself. -Max Lucado (See Heb. 1:1-3).
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