There are mosques in almost every neighborhood here. Across the world, more and more are being built. Many are right in the neighborhood with several churches. On Fridays, between one and two o’clock, large numbers of Muslims stream to the mosque for their weekly prayer time.
Let us pray for Christians to become involved by praying for this mission field and reaching out to Muslims, now even on their own doorsteps!
“When Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.’ ” Matt. 9:36-38
The first Muslims to set foot in many parts of Africa did so some five hundred years ago. By the time missionaries like Dr. David Livingston arrived, Islam had already gained a head start. Many churches have been doing mission work here for years. But did you know that Islam, through its mission work (D a’ w a h) is also actively winning souls for Allah? These Muslim mission actions, with vast amounts of money from oil at their disposal, first buy property, build mosques and Islamic centers. Their goal is to invite people (especially children) to understand the worship of Allah, thus producing converts which in turn grows the size of the Muslim community. Some public schools offer two courses: A Christian orientated course as well as a “Moral and Religious” course which is more Islam orientated. We must call upon the Lord for the use of Christian-based education for these children. “But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’ ” Luke 18:16
It is an issue that touches on a longing concern for much of humanity. The question of one’s eternal destiny haunts many who long for the hope of heaven and the sure knowledge that they have been saved from the penalty of their sins. Muslims are not excluded. Quran does not offer any assurance of heaven.
Let us pray for confused Muslims to discover: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
When visiting Muslim homes you will hardly find a home without a TV or radio. Often times, watching Christian television and listening to Christian radio are the only times Muslims hear the Gospel of Christ.
We must pray earnestly for more Gospel programs to air on our local TV and radio networks!
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, tribe, language and people.” Rev. 14:6
Radical Muslims regard the destruction of church buildings as being of prime importance because of the Muslim mindset regarding the central role of the mosque in an Islamic society. However, since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, God does not live in buildings anymore. His Spirit now lives within His people! A five-year-old Nigerian girl, standing next to the ruins of her church which was burned to the ground by radicals, whispers: “Jesus does not live in sticks and stones, He lives right here, in my bones.”
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col 1:27
Pray that we reflect this Glory of ‘Christ in us’ as we meet with our Muslim neighbors.
It is likely that many of you do not know a Muslim personally. With the fast growth of Islam, it is very likely that that will change. How will you be ready to share? ‘Maureen’ made it no secret of her relationship with Jesus. She was open and available to her colleague, ‘Ameena’, to listen to her heartaches and difficulties as a single mother. Soon Maureen was sharing Scriptures and a devotional booklet with Ameena. She also gave her the book, ‘I Dare to Call Him Father’ and a Bible. Ameena attended her first church service on Easter Sunday. After a visit from a pastor, Ameena responded to the Gospel and surrendered her life to Christ!
Pray with us for many more true and faithful witnesses to be sensitive for the needs of Muslim colleagues. Pray that YOU will be ready to share when the Lord gives you the opportunities. Pray for the opportunities!
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every person who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear…” 1 Pet 3:15
An Islamic Clothing store sells all sorts of Islamic wear, books, prayer beads and prayer rugs. The rugs all have built in compasses. When Muslims pray, they must face Mecca. All Muslims are required to know what direction Mecca is from their home or where they are.
Pray that Muslims will know that the Lord is available no matter where we pray.
“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” Psalm 103:12
The Muslim worldview is strongly influenced by an awareness of the supernatural and the presence of good and evil spirits known as jinn. Jinn are greatly feared and are often thought to be responsible for illnesses and misfortune. Superstitions control many aspects of a Muslim’s everyday life and often result in them living in constant fear. This fear reveals a heart cry and desperate need that can only be met in the person and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray against the fear that influences many Muslims .
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
Educational classes are a great way to reach Muslims with the truth. Using a gospel book as its text, lessons can be designed to give practice in helpful skills. There are many people who are desperate to learn.
Ask the Father to draw Muslims to classes that are being offered by many churches.
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built upuntil we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God…” Ephesians 4:11-13
What draws Muslims? They have always been drawn to the God-man, Jesus Christ. They are attracted to the Sermon on the Mount. One Muslim man said about this portion of the Bible, “If the life of a Christian is like that, I would want to become a Christian!”
“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was seated, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…’ ” Matt. 5: 1-48
Dear prayer partner: When did you last measure your life against the standard set by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount?
The clash with Ramadan is proving a difficult problem for athletes and support staff who are participating in the summer Olympic Games in London. It is estimated that there could be in excess of 3,000 athletes observing the fast during 2012 Olympics. Not only are eating and drinking affected, but sleeping and training schedules also have to be fitted around the religious commitments during this period of time. Islam is quickly becoming a religion that is influencing our Global society in all spheres of life and on every terrain. How will the International Olympic Committee solve this problem? If confronted with an ultimatum, must the West accede to the demands of the Muslim world and revise the dates set for future Olympics? Must we regard this issue as being a forerunner of future international crises that will lead to nations and countries coming in opposition to each other? This year, many athletes are postponing their fast. Others have special dietitians on hand when they compete.
Let us together intercede for the IOC confronted with this major problem.
Jesus said: “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring…” Luke 21:24,25
During Ramadan our prayer focus is on Muslims and Islam, but let us not forget the church locally, as well as worldwide. The church universal is God’s chosen instrument to take the Gospel to the uttermost ends of the earth. In not taking the Gospel to Muslims, we are leaving 1/5 of the world’s population unevangelized. Jesus commissioned and equipped the church – His body- for this task (Acts 1:8). Have you or your church ever made concerted effort to reach local Muslims with the Gospel of salvation?
Please pray to the Lord to purify His church of worldliness, compromise and selfish ambitions so that His people may be salt and light as Jesus intended.
“That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:21
Every Muslim is someone whom God loves. Unfortunately, some Christians make the mistake of not praying for Muslims because of their own prejudices or fears.
Let us begin in prayer by asking God to give us a heart filled with love and compassion towards Muslims. He can and will do this!
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14
In Africa, there are many areas that are poverty stricken. Many tribal people are turning to Islam because Muslims are there to meet people’s needs. There are a lot of people who cannot tell the difference between God’s grace and Islam. One of the ways in which Islam operates in their mission work (Dh’ a w a) is to address the needs of those who live in poverty. Muslims win people to Islam by providing food for the hungry, clothing for the naked and teaching the illiterate to read and write.
Therefore, let us pray for wisdom for all churches and other Christian institutions that are doing upliftment work in informal settlements.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
One young lady who was born a Muslim (but later found Jesus as her Savior!) explained that she had difficulty pronouncing the Arabic words that she had to learn in Madrases classes, in order to read the Quran. Her father would get very angry, insisting that she must form the sounds perfectly or she would not be able to answer the angels who would question her in the grave, resulting in terrible punishment in hell. Now that she is a believer these fears have no power. However, she is struggling with letting her family know of her decision. She has great fear of the Muslim community and its response that she is now a Christian. There are many converts living with that fear.
Let us pray for Christians from a Muslim background that are struggling with denouncing Islam. Ask the Father to give them victory over their fear in being persecuted, alienated and sometimes even killed for their faith in Jesus.
The Lord is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27: 1
One Muslim woman was taught that the bridge to heaven was as thin as a piece of hair. Even good deeds, she was taught, would not assure her of crossing safely into Paradise. This hair-thin bridge was difficult and dangerous to cross. If she should fall off, she would be in the fires of hell. For her, a key factor in coming to faith in Christ was the realization that she could not save herself. Only the blood of Christ could redeem her!
“Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.” Hebrews 9:22
During this time of Ramadan pray earnestly that on the Day of Judgment, countless names of former Muslims will be found recorded in the book of life.
Muslim teachings deny that Jesus is the Son of God. They deny that He was crucified on the cross. They deny the Trinity. Muslim teachings proclaim that all other religious teaching is invalid. Regarding our Scriptures the Word of God teaches that:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim 3:16, 17. May the Holy Spirit empower us never to give up on praying for our Muslim neighbors:
“For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” Rom. 10:2-4
The Bible tells us that Ishmael was born of works resulting in slavery. Islam means submission, and a Muslim understands that he is a servant of Allah. While this is also a biblical aspect of our relationship with God, it is incomplete. As Christians, through Jesus, we know that we move from being servants to becoming sons and daughters.
Pray that Muslims will understand that God desires for everyone to know Him as children and not as slaves.
“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Gal. 4:7
There are many countries that are very dangerous for Christians to live in. Islamic law and radical Muslims are serious about hating Christians.
Pray for safety and protection of those living and working among Muslim people…for wisdom…for the annointing of the Holy Spirit …for unity among workers and Divine Love for the unreached.
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chron 16:9 Also, please read Psalm 91.
This is the “Night of Power”. This night is in celebration of the arrival of the Qur’an. The whole Night of Power, from sunset to dawn, is the holiest night of the year. It is believed that there are groups of special angels who are only seen on this night and grant the requests of visions. It is on this night that many have had supernatural encounters with God. Researchers contend that 80% of new Christians in Muslim countries come to Christ as a direct result of supernatural encounters.
Call unto God for Muslims to have a supernatural encounter and visions with the living Christ Jesus, during this time!
“And God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, ‘Jacob, Jacob.’ And he answered, ‘Here I am.”
Praying correctly and at the appropriate time is one of the greatest indications of Muslim faith. Prayer is to be done with heart and body cleanliness, with cleanness of clothing and place. The washing of the hands, nose, face, forearms, ears, and feet in preparation for prayer is important. Muslims place very strong emphasis on the exact postures and words of their prayers. In the course of the five regular prayer times a Muslim will prostrate himself a total of 34 times and repeat several phrases. Of course, for these prayers to be valid, they must all be done in Arabic. We know as Christians that we come to the throne directly in prayer, just as we are, without any ritualistic cleansing or a required language……How often do we actually come to the throne?
Pray that Muslims will discover:
“…. we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Heb. 4:15, 16
Tomorrow 1.4 billion Muslims will celebrate the ‘breaking of the fast’ (Eid ul-Fitr). This feast is the second greatest annual feast in Islam. However, we as children of the living God have received an invitation to a feast as well. This invitation has not been extended to us on the strength of our good deeds, nor because of works, but solely by the blood of our Passover Lamb-the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God- shed for the forgiveness of our sins! The invitation is the gospel, and the gospel has, by then, gone out to all men and women everywhere, in every age of history. What a privilege that will be, to see the Bridegroom face to face, to be a member of His beloved bride, to share in the intimacy of fellowship with the Lord Jesus!
Pray for Muslims as Ramadan is drawing to a close because His Spirit has been calling Muslims, throughout the centuries, to accept the invitation to come to the marriage feast of the Lamb. (Many will reject it).
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
The sighting of the crescent moon confirms that Eid ul-Fitr has commenced. It is not only a time of huge celebration and feasting with family and friends, but it is a time to give in charity to those in need. It is a time to give gifts to their children and make phone calls to distant relatives to give well-wishes for the holiday.
Pray that after Ramadan, Muslims will hunger for the Bread of Life and thirst after Living Water.
“And Jesus said unto them, ‘I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35
Thank you for faithfully praying for these last 30 days. Keep praying for the gospel to be taken to all Muslims and other unreached people, everywhere. Pray that God will hasten the day when:
“The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Hab. 2:14
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