When reading news reports like that of the tragic shootings at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, it is very easy to feel numb and hopeless. Sadly since that dark day on 15 March there has been a rise in Anti-Muslim hate crimes in the UK.
Inaction is clearly not the answer; a response is needed, a raising up of prayer. If we don’t pray then prejudice will gain power, fear will fester and relationships built across divides will die.
One way we can stand together in prayer, unity, love and respect for our Muslim neighbours is by joining with millions of Christians across the world who set aside 30 days to pray for the Muslim world every year during Ramadan, praying this year from 6 May to 4 June.
This year 30 Days of Prayer seems more timely than ever and is a strong response to what is happening currently in the world.
30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World is an annual prayer guide with stories written by ordinary Christians from all over the world who live alongside, serve and love Muslim people.
The 30 Days of Prayer movement began 26 years ago in the Middle East. Today, a million Christians across 37 different languages and nations and across many different denominations unite each year to pray 30 Days.
Marie and Mark Lees, leaders of Rushden Full Gospel Church, use the prayer guide as a standard resource to involve their church community in prayer and understanding of the Muslim world, and as a fulfilment of their missions vision as a fellowship.
If you are unsure of how you can respond to the stories you are seeing in the news, visit 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World to get your prayer guide and join in this compassionate and positive response.
Photo: Shutterstock – Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, March 22 2019: Muslim women greet each other at the prayer service in Hagley Park to remember the victims and families of the Christchurch shootings.
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