Friday, December 16, 2022
Millions of Muslims live away from their countries and cultures. Think for a moment of a family that has left Sudan, for example, and settled in the United States. How will they prepare meals, feed their children, help their husband or wife, and so on? And when the Christmas season comes, all the other children in school talk with excitement about Christmas gifts, Santa and celebrations. What are they going to do?
For the average Muslim family with children, all of this is unknown territory. You and I cannot understand how they feel, but we can imagine their curiosity and interest. They too want to share in the joy and anticipation of the holiday season. They may wonder: Would it be alright for them to have a Christmas tree? Can they exchange gifts? Can they participate in celebrations and parties?
Compassionate Father, I draw near to you on behalf of these precious Muslim children. You love them and care for them. They are so simple, innocent, playful and carefree. They love exciting things. Help your Church to reach out to Muslim children during this season. Show them your favor and smile upon them with the revelation of Christ the Lord.
I pray that these children will go beyond being fascinated by the Christmas story to experience the power of Jesus born in their hearts. May they bring their parents, uncles, aunts, and relatives to Jesus.
Give me the privilege of helping Muslim children understand the true meaning of Christmas. May I be able to hold their hand and encourage them. By your Spirit, open their hearts to desire, know and accept Jesus Christ the Savior.
May this be a truly joyful season of commemorating the birth of Christ and the new birth of many Muslims. Amen.
The poor and needy look for water and find none; their tongue is parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them (Isaiah 41:17, SAB).