“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:26
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:33
Our prayer focus today is on a man by the name of Sheik Mohammed. He truly embodies what it means to follow Christ whole-heartedly in a hostile atmosphere. Pray today for this man and his family, particularly his lost relatives. Learn from his zeal and devotion. Seek to be so identifiable with Christ that you would risk losing family, friends, and social status. As Sheik has obviously come to realize, Jesus is worth total abandonment. If you label yourself as a Christian, then radically follow Him. Pray for Sheik today specifically and consider how your life as a Christ-follower compares to his.
Enjoy this brief story about Sheik Mohammed courtesy of the Secret Church Blog @ http://www.radical.net/secretchurch/blog/?p=881 :
“Sheik Mohammed has many relatives all around the world and in his hometown. When he became a follower of Jesus, he placed expensive phone calls to his family and friends, who were stretched across the globe. Their response was one of horror. He has now lost contact with several daughters because they want nothing to do with their believing father. A brother made so much trouble for him that Sheik Mohammed and his family had to move to a new neighborhood to avoid persecution. But when Sheik Mohammed made the 60-mile journey by foot to tell a sister the Good News, she believed, along with many others in her village! Now there are more than 25 baptized believers, and Mohammed faithfully trains them to share their faith with others.”