Shia of the Desert

Fatima enjoys meeting up with her believing colleague, Laura. They always seem to get into some interesting and deep conversations. She has always loved reading stories of the prophets, and when Laura asked if she’d like to read the Bible, Fatima was eager to do so. Now they read together almost every time they meet. Recently, as these women began to read the words of God, Fatima seemed really convicted of her sin but just could not accept the idea that Jesus had paid for her sin with His life. She left Laura’s house with the idea/hope that “if I can remember that there is punishment for sin, then maybe I’ll be able to stop sinning.” There are many other Shia of the desert like Fatima. Please pray that they will see the futility of this mindset and accept the grace that Jesus Christ offers. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV).