Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30
Turning to Christ
What are the challenges for new believers?
For Sunday, 7 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"
As we follow Jesus, our identity and our sense of belonging are affected. Questions arise: Who am I? What are my values? New believers from Muslim backgrounds have similar questions. But in addition they also suffer intense psychological pressures that may include fear (of Allah, that He will punish them if they change, of family and relatives, of community, of death).
Relationships are primary in Muslim communities so new believers ask questions like: How can we honour Christ in daily life, marriage, and raising children in a predominately Muslim society? What does one do when it is not legal to follow Christ? How can new believers find a partner and celebrate their marriage as followers of Christ in the local community? Where and how can one be buried?
- Pray for cultural sensitivity, awareness and respect among believers as we interact with new believers from Muslim backgrounds.
- Pray for wisdom, creativity and confidence for new believers and new communities of faith as they explore culturally appropriate ways to serve and worship Christ in the context of Muslim societies.--
You are STILL welcome and encouraged to forward these e-mails to others. This is an excerpt from the 30-Days Muslim Prayer Focus booklet, also available in Czech / Slovak. --
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