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Monday, April 21, 2008

Can you Pray for Terrorists?

How far are you willing to take that whole, Love thy enemy thing? You are probably praying for lots of people that you know - and maybe some you don't.

Are you willing to take the next step and pray for Muslims? A good first step would be doing some research at the Crescent Project or Voice of the Martyrs.

Now for the big-one: Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer. This new ministry is still under construction but has a lot to offer. It guides you through various ways to pray for your adopted terrorist. I like in their FAQ that is says the word adoption was used because it signifies a deeper relationship of love for the individual you are adopting.

You get to see pictures of those waiting for adoption, read their dossier from the State Department and other US agencies as well as other information about them.

You can also read their blog.

Confession: I'm not going to sign up to adopt a terrorist, although I think it is a great idea and is a good step for Christians. We should be praying for the Peace of Christ to infiltrate every person's heart - including those who want to create terror.

HT: Answers

picture is of Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah

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Ariah said...

Wow, thanks for writing about this. I've often sent emails and letters to pastors of churches I've attended or visited asking why we aren't praying for our enemies as much as we are for our soldiers and leaders.

Looks like a great ministry.

crossn81 said...

Yea, this is definitely a pretty radical idea. One that I'm not sure I'm fully able to comprehend and act upon myself so I am glad you appreciated it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Very nice post! I like it and ABSOLUTELY agree. when i was in afghanistan, I (after a couple months) learned to pray for those that may attack us during the day. I would pray for their safety and ask that God would work in their hearts and lives. It was definitely a mental and spiritual challenge for me but it changed my way of thinking about terrorists. Yeah I was still in the "me or them" dying mode of thinking but I no longer dreamed of killing all the terrorists but rather dreamed of the terrorists simply being transformed by God.

crossn81 said...

Evan thanks for providing a "real-life" perspective to this issue. It makes it more real when you are actually facing the "terrorist."

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little bit of your story.