Friday, May 7, 2021
Muslims end the month-long Ramadan fast with a celebration known as Id al-Fitr, a national holiday in Muslim countries. There are parties and festivities. No more rigorous abstention from food and drink. The mood changes from somber to joyful. Family members get together. People give alms to the poor.
Yet, it is not uncommon at this time of jubilation and glee for people to feel empty and unfulfilled.
Blessed be your majesty in heaven, O God (Ezekiel 3:12). You are the True God, the only God to be worshipped and adored. You are the source of true joy and comfort; you are our hope.
I pray for these dear friends; may they allow you to transform their lives. Although they have broken the fast and are now celebrating and feasting, what they really need is Jesus, the Bread of Life. Open their hearts to receive the message of Christ. Give them a hunger and a thirst for the Word of God. Put in them the desire to know Jesus and follow him.
You promised to spread a banquet, a feast of rich food for all peoples (Isaiah 25:6). Lord, Muslims are very needy; they are hungry for you, even if they do not realize it. I pray that the love of Christ will touch their hearts. May they realize the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary. May many of them, even today, commit their lives to you, our Lord and Savior, and find true peace, joy and rest in you. Amen.
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:37-38, NIV).
Friday, April 30, 2021
God poured out his grace on us and adopted us as his children. He wants us to love people, even those we do not know and those who show enmity toward us. Jesus told us to go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to the whole creation and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15). The Lord sees the bitter suffering of those who are lost. He hears the cries of those who are enslaved to sin (Exodus 3:7). He wants us to open our mouths and tell them the good news of his love and salvation.
You know, Lord, that I am a sinner saved by your grace. You know that I was on my way to self-destruction and perdition. You reached down and plucked me out of the swamp of sin I was sinking in. You set my feet on the Rock. You changed my life. You started me on the right path.
But I know full well that you did all that to make me your child and to use me as a vessel of honor to help others experience your love and grace.
God in heaven, use me this week to lead a Muslim to the cross of Jesus. May I be your hand extended to reach out to the oppressed and lost and bring them to you. Speak through me a word of knowledge, a word of wisdom, a word of life and hope—by your Spirit.
Give me a passion to find the lost. Help me as I try to rescue those who are dragged away to death and save those being hauled off to execution (Proverbs 24:11).
All glory to you, my God, my Father. Amen.
God is able to accomplish far more than we might ask or imagine, according to his power at work in us (Ephesians 3:20, SAB).