December 16, 2020
To Help you pray this month for your Local Mosque Community.
Matthew 25: 40 says, “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
Early church writers from the 3rd and 4th centuries carried on a strong tradition of hospitality involving welcoming the stranger. Following Matthew 25:40, they wrote of seeing Christ in the stranger. For example, Jerome, an early Latin scholar to whom we owe our first translation of the Bible into Latin wrote this; “Welcome the poor and strangers to your homely board, that with them Christ may be your guest.” (From Amy Oden, And You Welcomed Me)
Hospitality is not easy right now due to Covid-19 restrictions, but in our prayers for December as we prepare for and celebrate the birth of Christ pray that we would see Christ in the stranger. The stranger today in Canada includes people of many different religious traditions including Muslims. If we practice seeing Christ in the stranger, with the help of the Holy Spirit, it will bring vibrancy to our witness.
- Along with Jerome, John Chrysostom and other early church fathers pray that we would see Christ in all the strangers we meet, including our Muslim neighbours.
- Thank you for praying for your local Mosque community. Pray that during this time of Advent and Christmas, the birth of God’s Son would be experienced in new ways.
- Muslims, like Christians, continue to experience the effects of Covid -19 lockdowns. Pray for peace, perseverance and for protection from the virus.
- John 3:16 says that God so loved the world (Cosmos) that he gave his only son. Pray for loving witness to God’s work in the world.
- Revelation 5:9 gives us a vision of the nations gathered around God’s throne. Some have termed the time we are living in as the “already but not yet.” While we live through a pandemic we also look forward to the new earth and heaven when all will be healed and we gather together as different nations, languages, cultures. Pray into this vision.