ISIS continues to make its way across the Middle East, threatening thousands of thousands of innocent people. This isn’t just another revolt; it’s a direct threat to any form of peace for anyone not drunk on the Islamic State’s evil-saturated radical practices.
Something stirred in my chest when I heard the reports of over 40,000 Yazidi Christians and other Iraqis surrounded on Mount Sinjar by ISIS terrorists. Come down the mountain, and suffer certain death by beheading from ISIS. Stay on the mountain and face the agony of starvation and eventual death. All because they wouldn’t cave to the pressure of a wicked ideology.
What many people don’t know is that Mount Sinjar has a history of God delivering His people. It’s the same Mount Sinjar, also known as Mount Ararat, where God landed Noah’s ark. Thank God that justice intervened in August of this year as well and the Yazidis were freed from their mountain crucifix.
Now, the threat of ISIS is becoming even more real. Reports of Western sympathizers fleeing the U.S., Europe, and Asia to join ISIS’s forces continue to build. Increased reports of copycat sickos inside the United State posting on social media and even one in Oklahoma acting on ISIS-driven methodology is now making the local evening news.
As I heard someone say this weekend, many of us as western Christians have a hard enough time responding to the raised eyebrow of a co-worker, let alone the raised fist of ISIS. Many western believers, including myself, find the convenience of Christianity, rather than the conviction of the cross, more appealing to our souls. This is a natural drowsiness in our hearts, lulled into a comatose state of indifference and distraction.
We need to wake up, western Church! Wake up to the evil in our world. Like me, we need to set down our remotes and screens for even a moment to pray against the darkness of ISIS. My mind has been slowly coming more awake to the threat of ISIS and the soul-piercing question I hear God asking me is, “What took you so long, my child?”
By the grace of God, a vast majority of us don’t have to face the horrors of ISIS ourselves, but our lack of proximity to the situation gives us no grounds of ever diminishing its grave importance. We need to be praying for God to intervene against ISIS:
- Pray for our hearts and prayers to come awake as western churches and followers of Christ.
- Pray for ISIS to be stopped. At the heart of every member of ISIS is an innate, but suppressed ache for redemption through Jesus Christ. Whether it’s through a radical change of heart, or the outsourced judgment of God, ISIS needs to be stopped.
- Pray for wisdom and the courage to act on principle by our U.S., Western, and Arab leaders surrounding ISIS.
- Pray for the thousands of courageous pastors, missionaries, aid workers, refugee coordinators, and caretakers working in and among the millions of displaced and threatened Iraqis and Syrians.
Pray for the hearts of ISIS to be redeemed by our Savior. Pray for justice and mercy to be considered as equal options. Pray for resolution to break the evil of ISIS.