For Muslims in the New Year
Friday, January 3, 2020
Muslims have been continually in the news in the past several years. They are sometimes portrayed as predators and other times as the underdog. Yet, whether they are the aggressors or the mistreated, they need to receive new life in Christ. God loves them and he sent Jesus to save them.
Through the media and news reports, I believe God is trying to draw the attention of his Church to intercede for Muslims. He wants the Church to wake up to her responsibilities and take the Gospel of Jesus to them. There are 1.6 billion Muslims, which is about one fifth of the world’s population. Let us dedicate a few minutes every day just to pray for them, knowing that God will answer our prayers.
Lord Christ, our Savior and King, Muslims need you. Help them realize and acknowledge that need.
Have compassion on them; show them your mercy. I pray that, this year, many of them will turn their lives over to you and accept you. Help them surrender their hearts unreservedly to you. The time is ripe, O God, to bring multitudes of Muslims into the Kingdom of our Lord and Master. Give them a new beginning with you. May this be a new chapter in their lives, and may many of them personally mark this year as the beginning of eternal life in you.
Help them to experience your peace, hope and joy.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor…. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (Isaiah 9:4; John 8:32, NIV).