23 August 2009

Ramadan, 2009 - Muslim Attitudes Concerning the West and Christians in General

Ramadan 2009 / 1430: August 22 - September 20

Sunday, 23 August
"Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Many Muslims do not practise their own religion regularly. They find themselves torn between Islam and Western values and culture. The relationships between Muslims and Westerners are sometimes tense. Each have attitudes of suspicion, rejection and feelings of injustice toward the other. This can lead to hatred. In addition, simple non-moral differences between cultures can be a major source of prejudice, problems and misunderstandings.

Unfortunately, believers are not always good examples of God’s character. In the words of one person who knows Muslims well, “Many Muslims have never met a believer who is actually living a real Christian life. This is certainly one of the greatest hindrances to effectively making the Messiah known among Muslims.”

Prayer Starters:
  • Pray that Muslims will be able to meet sincere practising believers,
  • and discern how they are different from cultural Christians.
  • With your children, share how a Christian should live in order to show a Muslim what it means to believe in Jesus.

Scriptures to meditate on and proclaim in prayer
  • (Leviticus 19:2) "Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy."
  • (Mt 5:48) "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
  • (Rom 12:2) "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
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