Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem”. (Luke 24:45-47, ESV). The central theme of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the promise that God will forgive our sins if we accept Jesus Christ and believe that He died so that our sins can be forgiven. In Islam, there is no concept of confession and forgiveness of sins without compensation through good deeds. Nor is there the command to forgive each other. Instead, Islam encourages revenge and the performance of rituals, in the hope that one day, a person’s good deeds may lead to the forgiveness of sins. The burden of sin and guilt is what drives many Muslims to kill and destroy, hoping it will please Allah and result in forgiveness of their sins. When Muslims understand that faith in Christ Jesus will remove the burden of guilt and sin, they are overwhelmed with joy!
- Thank God for Jesus Christ, our Saviour, whose death made it possible for all humans to receive forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God.
- That the basic gospel of repentance and forgiveness will be shared with Muslims in such a way that the Holy Spirit will lead them to repentance, and that they will experience the joy of forgiveness.
- That Muslims will grasp, not only that God has forgiven them through Jesus Christ, but that He enables them to forgive others also. Pray that this revolutionary concept will lead to reconciliation between many tribal groups and nations in the Middle East and around the world.
15 June – Eid al-Fitr Festival
Eid is an Arabic word meaning ‘festivity’. Fitr means ‘to break the fast’. Eid al-Fitrbegins on the first day of Shawwal, the month that follows Ramadan, and it is celebrated today. Rice, barley and dates are donated to people in need so that everyone can enjoy a holiday meal. This donation is known as ‘Sadaqah al-Fitr’(charity of fast-breaking). In the morning, Muslims gather at outdoor locations or mosques and perform the Eid prayer. For three days thereafter, they visit family and friends to exchange gifts, they call distant relatives to wish them luck and prosperity, and they feast. In most Muslim countries, this 3-day period is a public holiday. Please pray for Muslims to be saved during the three days of Eid al-Fitr.
Having prayed through Ramadan, keeping the Muslim world as a focus in your prayers, how do you want to see God move during the next year in the life of a Muslim you know, or in a community you have prayed for? Write it down.