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Isaiah 49 (NKJV)
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Indeed He says, ‘ It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

NOTE:
May I – may we – really catch God’s vision of Who He is and how He can use us as we trust and obey Him.

One way to fulfill God’s promise in this verse is to pray for Muslims during Ramadan.

Day 3 - Pray for Muslims in Tashkent city, Uzbekistan

Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, lies in a great oasis along the Chirchik River in the foothills of the Tian Shan Mountains.

One of the oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent was once a significant rest stop and trading center where merchants and caravans could find refreshment after crossing the mountains and deserts between Samarkand / Bukhara and China on the Great Silk Road.

Although about 50% of the people in Tashkent are Uzbek, the city is also home to significant Russian (30%), Tatar, Tajik, Kazakh, and Korean ethnic minorities.

As a significant transportation hub, the largest city, and the biggest industrial concentration in Central Asia, Tashkent greatly influences its region.

Hospitality and Family Highly Valued

The Uzbek proverb, “a guest is more honorable than your father” reveals two things. First, hospitality is a high virtue. Uzbeks have been known to say, “What is a house for, if not for receiving guests? We must care for all those that God brings to our door.”

Second, the proverb tells us that family is highly valued. The authority of a father or mother is highly regarded, and children are expected to take care of their parents as long as they live.
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Today, most Uzbeks are Sunni Muslims who also practice folk Islam, which includes various animistic practices. A significant minority also claims not to be religious, as a result of communist influence.

Few Christians with a Living Faith

In Tashkent most of the people from European ethnic minority groups call themselves Christians. However there are less than 10,000 (5,000 to 10,000 nationwide) who have a real living faith.

Evangelizing Muslims is prohibited. Persecution of practicing Christians from both the government and society is very real. Uzbek believers have received very harsh treatment, including beatings and torture.

Prayer guide for Tashkent, Uzbekistan:

* Tashkent is being prepared for a church-planting movement through good training of believers. Pray that each of the city’s 11 districts will be evangelised.

* Uzbek believers are learning to use their homes as a place to be hospitable to the body of Christ. Pray that the believers of Tashkent would be even more active, bold, intentional and Spirit-filled.

* Some believers are getting a vision to multiply and proclaim the good news throughout Central Asia. Pray that the Church would go forth from Tashkent and be a healing agent in this hurting land.

AMEN!
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Isaiah 50 (NKJV)
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“ The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.
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The Lord GOD has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.
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I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.
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“ For the Lord GOD will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.

NOTE:
WHAT a glorious opportunity—that God wants to wake us to teach us Himself through personal relationship with God in the Spirit by the Lord Jesus Christ!

Verses 6 and 7 prophecy the beating of our Lord Jesus before His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.

Ephesians 4 (NKJV)
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that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
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and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
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and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

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And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

NOTE:
We have been created new creatures in Christ “in true righteousness and holiness” – or in “truth, righteousness and holiness”.

May we wait on the Lord. May we enter into that personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of our Lord Jesus. Jesus paid such a horrible price on the Cross to pay for us to have a real relationship with Him in this world.

May we really see, with the eyes of the spirit and the eyes of faith, how much Jesus loves us and may we really see the Price that Jesus paid for us. Then, having that reality burned into our souls, we will love and forgive others as Jesus Himself has loved and forgiven us.

Vance

5 You know my folly, O God;
my guilt is not hidden from you.

6 May those who hope in you
not be disgraced because of me,
O Lord, the LORD Almighty;
may those who seek you
not be put to shame because of me,
O God of Israel
As christians we are called to be light to the world...yet sometimes we get it wrong.Maybe because we become over righteous,maybe due to lack of knowledge...immaturity etc.I pray we all learn to be tolerant and keep our eyes on God so he in turn can work with us to truly fulfil his purpose in us.
God bless you all

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