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Hello. I’m Nur. I’m from Palestine.
I was born and raised as a Muslim. Ever since I was a kid, I grew up learning to follow Islam. Also, like basically all Palestinians, I met my wife through an arranged marriage by my parents and lived a normal life. However, I always felt an emptiness in my heart that I couldn’t explain.
I have one Christian friend, and I loved hanging out with him so much that I even follow him to worship service. Just a couple of days ago, I attended a New Year service with him, and suddenly, I realized I was crying as I was singing a worship song with the church.
When I sang along to the lyrics of “We are waiting for You, Lord,” I felt the meaning of Immanuel—God with us. At that moment, I suddenly had the thought that perhaps I felt empty because I felt far away from God, but Jesus makes God feel near.
I want to learn more about Jesus, and I want to encounter Him. And just like the lyrics of the worship song, I want to see that day when all Palestinians will wait in joy for Jesus to come soon. Rejoice, Palestine! Rejoice, all nations!
8 “And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.
9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,
10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.”
(Acts 14:8-10 NKJV)
Amen. God, thank You for letting Nur, who was living with emptiness in his heart, to come before You and worship You. Thank You for allowing him to feel the meaning of Immanuel, for You are always with us.
Would You show Brother Nur that He has already encountered You through the body of Christ! Let him open his heart wide to welcome You in as his Lord and Savior. When he does, would You fill his empty heart to overflowing with the Holy Spirit.
God, allow Nur to reside in the confidence of Your salvation! Through him, may his family, his peers, and many more young Palestinians also join in the joy of eternal life in Jesus Christ.
Also, like the man who was born lame, may the people of Palestine who were born into darkness without hope encounter and believe in Jesus. God, shine the light of Your glory on all of Palestine today.
Let the Palestinian church rise up and shine the light of Your glory. May Palestine welcome You, our Lord Jesus, with joy when You return as our King! Amen!