Ramadan 2013: July 9- August 7

Posted: July 3, 2013 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Mission, Prayer
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Each year, Muslims around the world participate in a 30-day holy month called Ramadan. Participating in Ramadan, one of Islam’s five pillars (or core requirements), means abstaining from food during the daylight hours. In addition to the fast, Muslims increase their focus on adhering to Islam’s other pillars, including prayer and charity. Ramadan is always the ninth month on the lunar-based Islamic calendar, and this year, it will begin on July 9 and end on August 7.

Ramadan is obviously very important for Muslims, so as people who care about them and their salvation, we should familiarize ourselves with it. Additionally, Ramadan serves as a good time for Christians around the world to focus their prayers on Muslims who are so fervently seeking their god. We would do well to pray that in their seeking, they would find truth – the emptiness of their religion and the fullness of God in Christ.

Let’s also pray for our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who are living and serving among Muslims. As Muslims unite in heightened religious devotion it is not uncommon that they attempt to convert non-Muslims to Islam, and so these 30 days can be especially tense for Christians living in Islamic areas of the world. Pray for their endurance. Also pray for a role reversal – that as Muslims seek to convince and convert, they are convinced and converted after encountering the grace of Jesus in their Christian neighbors.

Here is some recommended reading on Islam and Ramadan, as well as some resources to aid you this month as you pray for Muslims:

This was originally posted on the Secret Church blog. Be sure to check it out for updates and information regarding Secret Church gatherings and the persecuted Church.

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