Jesus has called his followers to be lights in a world of darkness. Like all other peoples around the world Muslims have to walk through many difficult social, economic, cultural and political circumstances each day. They will deal with various spiritual realities which are manifested in various ways religiously and culturally.
These spiritual realities have a real influence on both Islamic and Western civilizations. (1 John 5:19). These can often be overcome by people who do things the opposite way (or if you prefer, in the opposite spirit?). Jesus has shown us his way to do this through the cross. In his weakness he actually manifested strength. At the cross the pride of Empire and Religion tried to do evil to him, yet the effect was that Jesus actually manifested his ultimate goodness toward all men. God has given us a commandment:
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”? (Romans 12:21).
In praying for Muslims and in living with them we need to exhibit the life of God. The enemy pushes us as believers to fear and suspicion of Muslims. If we allow ourselves to be motivated by fear, self preservation, and suspicion instead of faith, hope and love we will not be able to bring the Gospel to Muslims.
Pray for the following subjects for yourself and Muslims in your town, region or country:
Where there is pride—humility:
Pray?that God would?root out any pride concerning your attitudes concerning Muslims. And pray that God would liberate Muslims in any area of?religious pride. May God bring us all to humility before Him.? (Proverbs 8:13, 16:18, 29:23)
Where there is religiousness—relationship:
Pray?that God would?help you not to be religious – but to actually live and walk in His ways. Pray that you would be a part of helping Muslims in your circle of relationships area to come to know the story of Jesus and see beyond mere?religious activities. (John 17:3)
Where there is legalism—freedom:
Pray?that God would enable you?to walk in freedom and help you?to be someone who brings real liberty and hope to your Muslim friends and neighbors.? (Mt 7:3-5)
Where there is suspicion—trust:
Pray?that we,?as followers of Jesus, would be people who create trust so that Muslims could?believe and turn to Jesus.? (Acts 16:14)
I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.