Lovefast 18: Ties
By Simon from Mahabba Derby
Inspired by today's entry from 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World booklet
Thought for the day
Once again we read about the strength of family ties in the Muslim community - this time in Indonesia.
The same is true in Britain.
The vast majority of Muslims in the UK are from Pakistan, and from a very particular region.
They may not share the same view of the female bloodline, but family is in their blood and treasured highly.
Equally, families are just as quick to cut their ties with members who leave Islam - known as ‘apostates’ - because of the shame it brings on not only them but the wider community.
What then ties us into community?
We each have family, of course, and wider circles of community, such as church, sports teams, colleagues etc, but at the core is Jesus.
Jesus’ love never fails - when we sin he forgives, when we falter he supports, when we fail he steps in.
This is a precious gift that we can offer to Muslims.
The choice to leave Islam is life-changing, and shouldn’t be offered or taken lightly, but the reward of knowing Christ and coming to Father God are even greater.
Today's entry in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World booklet
Inspiration for today's entry - click to open
Prayer for the day
Pray that God would give you an opportunity to share about how your life has changed as a result of coming to know Jesus and being part of his family
Offer to pray for the family of a Muslim you may know. Ask whether there is any illness, issue or worry that you can pray for in the name of Jesus. When you have prayed, follow up at another point; ask whether anything has changed. Keep on praying!
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