Pray 24-7 this RamadanThe Phantom Intercessor - 18 Jul 2012
Ramadan is a special time for the 2.1 billion Muslims in the world. This holy month of fasting is a time for the devoted to abstain from food, drink and sexual relations during the daylight hours. It’s a time when people are encouraged to be devout in the spiritual practices of reading the Quran and praying and to be kind to the people around them.
Ramadan also provides an opportunity for followers of Jesus to focus their thoughts and prayers towards these people. As foreigners living in a nation where almost 100% claim to be Muslim, we are looking forward to this month. Our friends will be even more willing to have meaningful conversations as we humble ourselves and identify with them by fasting as they do. We want to engage even more in prayer during this month and ask our fellow believers to do the same.
At a time when the media seeks to portray world events as a battle between The West and the Muslim World, it is easy for believers to give in to fear and to see Muslims as the enemy. They are not, these beautiful people are our neighbours and our friends; children created and loved by the One True God. This Ramadan Muslims will seek the favour of God upon their lives, family and communities. Our duty is to intercede for them for these same things, knowing that the full truth of God has been revealed in Jesus.
One prayer initiative is for the Somali people of East Africa. Some people who are focussed on this area want to cover the full month of Ramadan in 24-7 prayer. If you would like to get involved please visit this link to sign up for a prayer slot.
30-Days Prayer Network have developed a helpful e-booklet (below) that provides a daily prayer guide to help direct your prayers over the month of Ramadan. Their website also has a bunch of other downloadable resources with ideas for praying in groups and helping children to pray for the Muslim world.
Ramadan begins on the 20th July and ends on 19th August. Please join with us in directing your prayers to God for these people.