the fruit of disciple making movements
As our prayer partners know, we are seeing Muslims transformed everyday through our strategy of disciple making movements in the Middle East. People often ask us how this works—discipling Muslims to Christ. It is a glorious demonstration of how God works through developing relationship, rapport, and “going slow” through the discipleship process. It is our desire to help equip you “how to pray” for this strategy and the disciple makers utilizing it in the Middle East.
THIS MONTH’S PRAYER FOCUS
HOW TO PRAY FOR DISCIPLE MAKERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Khandan, one of our disciple makers, reported that while studying at university other students had a difficult time accepting her because she did not look or act like them. (Seemingly an “infidel.”) So she continued to pray and ask God for wisdom. One day, another female student came into class late and there was only one chair left, right next to Khandan. However, this student took this chair to the far end of the room, refusing to sit near her. Khandan continued having this kind of treatment from the teachers and students.
Becoming discouraged, Khandan asked God if she was to continue attending university. God directed her through what she had been learning through disciple making movements and one day the opportunity came. This same girl who had pulled her chair away came and approached her asking, “What religion are you anyway?!” Khandan answered, “I worship God, the only one and true God.” As she began to speak, others gathered around her. Nervous and trembling, Khandan continued by sharing from Genesis, and saying, “This is the God I worship, the one who created everything.” Then, the tension around her began to break, and peace startedto come. Khandan said that these stories of her God bring peace, and everyone wanted to experience this.
Now, this same girl who once refused to sit near Khandan calls her “my best friend.” Khandan is having more opportunities to talk about Jesus with all the students and even the teachers! She said that if she would have tried to share Christ upon first meeting the classmates, not only would she personally have been put at risk, but she would have lost all opportunity for them to experience the peace of Godand connect with her relationally. Because she has committed to making disciples long-term, Khandan now has opportunities to develop relationships with these students, teachers and their families where as before she would never have been received by them, let alone allowed access into their lives. Even though the students know Khandan is not a Muslim, they no longer look at her as an “infidel.”
Khandan has learned through making disciples that it is a long process, which requires commitment to the relationships, seeking to “go slow” so that all the families and social networks will come to Christ too. We hope you are encouraged by this story personally remembering Luke 18, to always pray, and never give up! Though things may take longer than we would like, God is always working. May you be filled with faith and endurance in your prayer life today. Below are some ways we can pray for the strategy of disciple making movements and for disciple makers like Khandan.
PRAY FOR COURAGE
Pray with us that disciple makers in the Middle East would be filled with courage and endurance in the face of persecution, discouragement, and feelings of weakness or insecurity.
PRAY FOR WISDOM
Pray with us that disciple makers in the Middle East would be filled with great wisdom, knowing who they should approach, being led to true persons of peace, who are spiritually hungry. Pray that they would have wisdom in their discipleship strategies.
PRAY FOR SIGNS AND WONDERS TO BE RELEASED
We know that we have a role to play and so does God. We trust God to move supernaturally in ways only He can. Pray the Muslims in our discipleship groups would encounter Jesus with dreams, visions, angelic visitations, and that the Word of God would come alive to them.
how to pray for dmm
As GCM continues to expand our disciple making movements strategy into Muslim nations, we ask for your continued targeted prayers. A great place to start is by reading Luke, Chapter 10, and praying through each line.
Verse 1: Pray that God would divinely match partners that will go out 2 by 2.
Verse 2: Pray for more ‘laborers’ (Remember, these are not ‘missionaries’, but anyone who obeys and shares)
Verse 3: Pray for boldness to go where ‘wolves’ are.
Verse 4: Pray for provision and discernment to the locations for which to travel.
Verse 5: Pray that disciple makers would be full of the Peace of the Kingdom.
Verse 6: Pray that disciple makers would have discernment to which ‘homes’ to enter.
Verse 7: Pray for wisdom for disciple makers to know how much time to spend with whom.
Verse 8: Pray that disciple makers would be received with hospitality.
Verse 9: Pray for anointing over disciple makers to perform signs and wonders, for healing and miracles to happen through the laying on of hands.
Verses 10-13: Pray for discernment for disciple makers when someone/place is not receptive, when the timing is wrong, or when they are out of the will of God to quickly cut the ties and move on with no repercussions.
We hope this guide helps you in praying the Word. Truly praying the scripture is the most powerful way to pray, as you are using God’s very words for your prayers. Thank you for praying for the ongoing expansion of the Kingdom with us!
learn more about disciple making movements
Are you interested in learning more about DMM? Visit our Ministry page to learn more about how we make disciples.