Lovefast 18: Suffer

Lovefast prayer and action campaign from the Mahabba Network

Day 18 of 30

By Andrew D from Mahabba's Board of Trustees

Inspired by today's entry in 30 Days of Prayer, but with a UK twist!

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Daily verse

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
— Isaiah 53:5 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

Thought for the day


Twice each month a group of Christians and Muslims in our town meet at a local Shia mosque to study passages from the Bible and Qur’an.

Our purpose is not to engage in debate over which book contains the truth, or even to try and convert each other to a different religion, but simply to ask God what he would reveal to us through the Scriptures (believing of course that the Bible has much to say to each one of us).

One of the themes that most deeply resonates with them is the betrayal and suffering of Jesus, which reminds them of their own founding narrative of the betrayal of Ali and Hussein, and their own suffering as Shias, which they commemorate each year during the month of Muhurram.

They often talk too of the return of Jesus, alongside the Mahdi. May God truly open Shia eyes to the real import of Jesus' death, resurrection and return.

Prayer for the day

About 5% of the UK Muslim population is Shia. Pray for a harvest amongst them

Daily action

Consider offering to study the Scriptures with local Muslims at a mosque in your neighbourhood.

Your turn

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