It’s Monday! And yes, I am actually feeling a little enthusiastic about it this time around. Last Monday was the first “Pray for Persecuted Mothers Monday” on the blog. I don’t know about you, but my day was transformed. As I prayed for Luz, my whole mindset was shifted from the “Monday blues” to the “Monday thank yous.” I was able to keep my eyes opened to see all of the true blessings He has given me: my husband, my children, my family and friends. He has given me community and loving support. And isn’t that what the meaning of all of life is? To walk with God so closely we are able to recognize that His people are what really matter. It’s not about the things I want, or the things that I think would make life easier… it is about supporting others. It is about my heart being able to put myself second, and others first. Life is about living like Jesus. Loving like Jesus. Giving like Jesus.
Today, please join me in redefining our day and our week. Please join me in remembering that there are others outside of our walls of comfort who need our support. Join me, in praying for the Ali family.
“The family of a Christian man who was fatally stabbed in Bangladesh requests prayer for their comfort and for those who killed him. Three men attacked 68-year-old Hossain Ali on March 22 while he was on his morning walk. According to local police, the attackers fled the scene after stabbing him to death, setting off crude bombs to create panic and confusion. Islamic extremists later claimed responsibility for the murder, calling it “a lesson to others.” Hossain Ali converted to Christianity from Islam in 1999. After an attack many years ago, he requested prayer for those who had beaten him. Please pray for his family and other loved ones, and remember to pray for those who killed him.” –The Voice of the Martyrs
Did you catch that? The Ali family “requests prayer for their comfort and for those who killed him.” Pray for those who killed him? I have to be honest, when I first read this prayer request I had to read that part over and over. Pray for those who killed him? All they ask for themselves is God’s comfort, and then endless prayers for those who killed their husband, their father, their leader. They could have asked for comfort along with justice, with safety, with income, etc. But they chose others before themselves. This family understands what is most important- the other guy. The person with no hope and no understanding of real love. This family understands that with God’s comfort, all else is possible with Him who strengthens them. The Ali family has lost a great leader.
Although not much is said about Hossain, I know he was a man of integrity. He taught his family the value of prayer in an earlier attack on his life. “After an attack many years ago, he requested prayer for those who had beaten him.” Hossain remained steadfast in his understanding of God’s love. He didn’t pass on bitterness and a heart for vengeance, but his legacy lives on through his family’s understanding that prayer is powerful. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)
Today as we go about our day, let us remember to pray for the Ali family. May they be blessed and comforted by the Lord’s strength. May there be peace and safety where they are. And let us not forget to pray for those who killed him, and all who are lost in the world. Pray they would see Jesus’ face, turn from their ways and follow Him. As we pray, let us desire to be like Ali. A leader of righteousness and humbleness to our families. I pray that we would model truth and integrity to our children in the same way as Ali. That our children would know and see that the glory of God is there comfort and all that they need. That we would believe that our prayers are needed and heard by the Lord. Lastly, I pray that we would be parents who raise a generation who loves others first, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19).
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2)
*All information about the Ali family is taken directly from The Voice of the Martyrs under the icommittopray section on their website. Link to their website: http://www.icommittopray.com/request/380/family-of-hossain-ali/