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Love in the Face of ISIS: Seven Prayer Strategies for the Crisis in the Middle East Paperback – May 3, 2016
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Thousands have been persecuted and martyred by this network of Islamic terrorists, and their numbers are increasing. It seems impossible to turn to the news without hearing of new atrocities committed by this violent organization. As ISIS continues to gain momentum and advance its territory, many Christians find themselves feeling powerless and afraid.
What can be done in the face of such evil?
In this timely, compelling book, Lorraine Marie Varela exposes the spirit behind ISIS and provides seven specific prayer strategies to effect real change in the Middle East.
Through true-life stories of supernatural intervention, you'll see how God is already at work in the midst of the violence in the Middle East--and you'll learn how to join His work through powerful, effective prayer.
Don't be afraid.
Partner with the purposes of God--and declare to ISIS that Love is coming after them.
"Lorraine has visited with some of those most affected in this evil war zone and is showing us the Jesus way to respond. . . . If you are grieving over the victims of ISIS, read this book."--from the foreword by Don Finto, founder and director emeritus, Caleb Company; author, Your People Shall Be My People
"Lorraine Varela is a gifted writer, and her book is a challenge to Christians to be informed, to pray fervently for our brothers and sisters abroad and to practice Christlike grace and truth--even when confronting the darkest of foes."--Lela Gilbert, author and journalist, Jerusalem, Israel
"This is a must-read! You will be encouraged to join the army of radical lovers and intercessors by joining the great Intercessor."--Samaa Habib, author, Face to Face with Jesus
About the Author
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0800798007
- ISBN-13 : 978-0800798000
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Chosen Books (May 3, 2016)
- Language: : English
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Lorraine Varela's insights about prayer has given me the understanding and vision about my responsibility to release the Power of the Holy Spirit
through my intentional prayer for ISIS.
As a believer of Jesus, I have received the SAME Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. (Romans 8:11) Consequently, I am equipped to pray Powerful and Effective prayers to destroy the works of the devil, and affect real change in this violent organization.
My daily prayer since reading "Love in the face of ISIS" consist in praying specifically for the successor and leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
to Declare in the name of Jesus for an encounter of God Almighty full of HIS love and mercy in his life. Transforming Baghdadi for HIS purposes and Glory as HE did in the life of Saul of Tarsus.
Thank you Lorraine for preparing and inspiring me to be a Mighty Prayer Warrior!
She focuses on numerous examples of terrorism and how those terrorized responded in love to ISIS persecutors and those about to murder them. Stories also relate conversions of Muslims, including ISIS members, in response to dreams and visions.
Some readers will note the flighty character of some of her effusive wording, or may be put off by some of her sometimes jargonish English syntax. She also expresses a charismatic approach that may put some more staid believers unfamiliar with the charismatic code words or jargon. She sometimes frustrated me as she seemed to lose touch with normal English and normal English syntax.
But Varela has heard the perspective of Jesus' teachings that are usually glossed over and spiritualized, reminding us that these are not just figurative but really meant as the way to live in kingdom faith. I had to listen to her insights and challenges. I hope other readers can find a way to connect with her content even if they find her style confusing or disturbing.
Varela deftly presents information, inspiration, challenge and practical, serious guidelines to develop and implement an attitude consistent with Jesus’ practical teaching about the Christian life.
Praying to Release the Presence of God (The LORD is There, Shammah).
Praying to Release the Armies of God (The LORD of Hosts, Tzeva'ot)
Praying to Release the Protection of God (The LORD my Shepherd, Roi)
Praying to Release the Perseverance of the People of God (The LORD is my Banner, Nissi)
Praying to Release the Provision of God (The LORD will Provide, Yireh)
Praying to Release the Healing of God (The LORD who heals, Rapha)
Praying to Release the Peace of God (The LORD is Peace, Shalom)
Each chapter begins with an Old Testament passage followed by an exposition centered on the Name and the character of God. Varela then brings in some New Testament passages to help us see the consistency of God throughout the Bible. That God is faithful not only for the Old Testament people of Israel, but also for the New Testament people of God. Each time, readers are reminded that this is the same God who had been faithful in the past; is still faithful in the present; and promises to be the same in the future. There are frequent moments of pausing to pray to allow readers to put what they read straight into practice. Every prayer strategy ends with a powerful story of how God delivered His people. These stories are carefully selected to encourage those of us who need a glimpse of good news in the barrage of bad and terrible news. Such good news are very few from the mainstream media and big news agencies. As far as God is concerned, there is much good that had happened and more to come.
I must confess that I do had doubts and negativity when it comes to the possibility of good ever coming out from a war-torn Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Somalia, and a forever turbulent Middle East. How can one ever show love to an unrepentant and stubborn evil regime, bent on wiping out non-Islamic religious people? It also seems like such people only speak the language of bombs, bullets, and ballistic missiles. The key to understanding this book is to read it as "God is coming in the face of the ISIS threat." The seemingly hopeless and endless rise of terrorist cells and attacks would make such a book quite irrelevant. For me, I find my perspective moved in three ways.
First, it reminds me that only God can save the world. We can pay through our noses for the best and most powerful security forces but there is no stopping terrorism that can occur anytime, anywhere, and anyhow. How do we prevent evil from happening at all? One successful explosion out of a thousand is already one blast too many. It is only in such situations that we plead: "God help us!" It may seem like a last minute and desperate prayer just like the movies where people in an aircraft about to crash say the Lord's Prayer. If we are pushed to the point that we know we cannot help ourselves, we can only depend on God.
Second, it enables us to be engaged despite feeling hopeless and helpless. It defies the conventional phrase: "We cannot do anything about it." That is not true. In fact, praying is an active form of engagement. We learn to be engaged with what is going on in the world, and to know what we can do and to know what we cannot do. What we can do we will act upon by asking the Lord for wisdom and discernment on how best to be a part of the solution. What we cannot do, we can ask God for guidance about how best not to aggravate the situation. If we do not know what right decisions to make, at least in prayer we will learn of what wrong decisions NOT to make.
Third, prayer is not only the best way, it is often the only way. Just like what Ephesians 6 tells us, that we battle not against flesh and blood but against the powers and principalities of this world. This third perspective is perhaps the most important of them all. The reason why ISIS has become so formidable and feared is because of the way it manages to instill control and paranoia through imagined threats and fear. The biggest obstacle is actually fear itself. It is minimal costs to ISIS just to see how people in America are so fearful of terrorist threats that the airport security infrastructure became so bogged down with additional layers of security that not only inconvenienced ordinary citizens but wear down well-intentioned security personnel. It disrupts our normal way of life. What used to take only minutes are now done in hours. With tempers flaring and patience running out, it makes the ISIS commanders smile how a ruse or a false alarm can make the rest of the world go on a wild goose chase. Without anchoring ourselves with a prayerful attitude on faith and trust in God, we are sitting ducks for fear-mongers.
This book drives us to pray even in the midst of a hopeless situation. This is because our God is God of Hope, which is why Varela has given us seven ways in which our prayer strategies are centered on the character of God. As you read this book, you may find yourselves increasingly skeptical about the problem of ISIS and how the problem of ISIS can be resolved. As long as you look toward the cleverness of mankind, you will be disappointed. Varela shows us that we must always look to God, for what is impossible with people is possible with God.
Rating: 4 stars of 5.
This book is provided to me courtesy of Chosen Books and Graf-Martin Communications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.