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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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“I urge you brother, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of

the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.”
Romans 15:30

David Sitton is one of the guys that God has used to open my eyes and heart to the global need for missionaries. Before being an author and leader, David Sitton served in Papua New Guinea reaching indigenous people that had no gospel witness as a missionary for 32 years. He is now the president of To Every Tribe Ministries and is now mentoring the next generation of frontier missionaries. He recently wrote an article with helpful hints on how to pray effectively for missionaries and wanted to capture the prayer points here. If you know, support, or are a missionary, I would encourage you to pray, or ask to be prayed for in this way.

Spiritual Life:
…That we will take sufficient time to read, reflect and pray
…That we would be protected from dark forces in spiritual realms
…For our spiritual growth and personal renewal
…That we would be encouraged and experience joy in ministry
…That we will be men and women of integrity, reliability, humility, wisdom
and consistency
…That we would maintain a healthy sense of humor

Personal Life:
…That our marital relationships will remain strong
…That the social, emotional and spiritual needs of our children are cared for
…That our basic financial requirements are regularly met
…That we would be protected from physical sickness
…That we will find time for proper sleep, rest and exercise
…That we would be self-disciplined
…That we will experience God’s protection from accidents, crime, terrorists
and dangerous animals

Relationships:
…That we would experience harmonious relationships with other Christians
…That our team would experience unity, love, good communication and patience with one another
…That we would develop intimate friendships with our national brothers
and sisters
…That we will resist temptations toward jealousy, envy, bitterness and pride

Language Proficiency:

…That we would make steady progress in language studies
…That God would give us grace to adapt well to new cultures and customs
…That God would give us clarity, creativity and relevance in preaching
and teaching

Evangelism And Discipleship:
…That we would be fearless and bold to preach Christ and Him crucified
…That we would be lead by the Holy Spirit as to where we go
…That God would give us supernatural discernment and wisdom
…That God would begin preparing hearts in advance for the message
…That God will open a door for His message and that it would spread rapidly
…That God would establish His Church in new regions
…That disciples and church leaders would be fully trained
…That God would raise up national missionaries
…That God would be honored and praised through our ministry

Countries:
…Pray for those in government positions
…For religious freedom
…That we would have favor with government officials
…That we would be granted swift approval in our visa applications

“The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer.  He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion.  He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”
~Jonathan Edwards