A CALL TO PRAYER AND ENGAGEMENT THIS RAMADAN

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UNDERSTANDING RAMADAN:

March 10th marked the beginning of Ramadan, an important time for Muslims worldwide. During this month, they fast, pray, and reflect, showing their dedication to Allah. They abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, coming together for special prayers and communal gatherings with meals after sundown.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RAMADAN FOR MUSLIMS:

For Muslims, Ramadan holds deep spiritual significance. It’s a time for renewal as they seek closeness to Allah through fasting, prayer, and reading the Quran. By observing Ramadan, Muslims hope to find favor with Allah and earn salvation.

A CHRISTIAN OPPORTUNITY:

As Christians, we see Ramadan as a unique opportunity for prayer and engagement. While we’re always praying for God to send His laborers among the lost, Ramadan’s focus on spiritual practices among Muslims creates a unique atmosphere. While our Muslim neighbors devote themselves to spiritual practices, we can join in prayer, asking God to open their hearts to the message of Jesus Christ.

RESOURCES FOR PRAYER & UNDERSTANDING ISLAM:

To help pray effectively, the International Mission Board offers a helpful Ramadan prayer guide. It’s filled with insights and specific prayer points to guide our prayers. You can access the prayer guide here.

Our ministry partner, John Messiah, through Global Gates, also provides daily prayer points straight to your inbox. You can sign up here.

PRAYER POINTS:

  1. Pray for God to open the hearts and minds of many Muslims this month, creating an open door for us to share the gospel with them.
  2. Pray that many Muslims will come to believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven and place their faith in Him as Lord and Savior.
  3. Pray for all Muslims observing Ramadan and seeking closeness with Allah that the one true God would reveal Himself to them unexpectedly.

Let’s embrace the opportunity presented by Ramadan, approaching this season with compassion and commitment. Through our prayers and witness, may God’s love touch hearts, transform lives, and draw all people into His grace.

Shelly and I took this photo in Hyderabad, India, during Ramadan.  It was taken around 1 am, the night before Eid, the end of Ramadan. Muslims were out shopping late for Eid and preparing to celebrate with family and friends. The atmosphere was lively, with lots of delicious food options.

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