She leaned across the table and pierced my eyes and my heart with her words: “I am sitting here with my hijab. You are there with your blonde hair. And yet we can talk like this.”
What We Know
Many Christian women would agree that we need to pray more for Muslim women, but most of us don’t know enough about them to pray effectively. Informed intercessions are key to moving God’s heart for them. They are also key to growing our love for Muslim women. The more effectively we pray, the more we yearn to live our lives with them and personally love them like Jesus does.
What is Prayer-walking?
Prayer-walking is a specific kind of intercession that takes us to specially targeted neighborhoods, schools and work districts to pray for and with people who need Jesus—right where they live. It’s on-location intercession. We call it prayer-walking, but it might mean that we push a stroller, casually jog, ride in a car, or perhaps even take public transportation to facilitate purposeful prayer for the community we serve. Once we get started, we’ll realize that there are many ways to be very present and fervently prayerful at the same time. We can adapt our “walks” to our goals.
God’s Plan for Our Muslim Neighbors...and Us
If we are able to see the Muslim women in our communities through Jesus’ eyes, we might have a better sense of why we get to see them at all! From the beginning of time, God planned that He would always, until the end of time, be seeking and saving the lost. (Luke 19:10) More than a full tenth of all the world’s people are Muslim women, most who have never once heard adequately about Jesus.
Magda’s story will challenge your faith and deepen your desire to intercede for women like her, whose commitment to faith in Christ costs her daily.
Joy Loewen’s book is a great starter: its relevant story format inspires and teaches. You will learn about Islam, its women, and the joy and challenges of Muslim/Christian friendships.
Do you remember that when Hagar first flees Sarai, the Lord finds her by a spring of water in the wilderness? It is here that His angel assures her that she’ll bear a son of influence. Hagar gratefully calls him “the God who sees me.”
Recently my family and I rode the metro train from the center of town to our neighborhood, about 45 minutes away. As usual, both our boys fell asleep. My husband was standing, holding our 4-year-old, and I was sitting trying to keep our younger son as comfortable as possible. Normally not a problem, but at the time I was 8 1/2 months pregnant, trying to hold a very large 2-year-old in a catatonic state.
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