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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Praying for Muslims this Ramadan


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Hello friends,

I hope your summer is going well. What do you think about Ramadan?
Do you observe it, or have friends who do? I have several online acquaintances from around the world who are currently fasting all day. Then at sundown they can eat their meal of the day. I have had a heart for muslim peoples for the last 5 years. I want to be able to tactfully share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with my muslim friends. 

I have read a little about The Night Of Power: (called Laylatul Qadr in Arabic) a special night during Ramadan when it is believed that Allah first revealed the Qur'an to Muhammed. Some muslim scholars say that this night is hidden. Others say it occurs on either the 1st, 7th or 19th night of Ramadan. However there is strong evidence that the night occurs during the last 10 days of Ramadan, specifically on odd numbered nights. 

Whenever it is observed, the entire night, from sunset to dawn, is considered the holiest night of the year. It is believed there are groups of special angels who are only seen on the Night of Power. These angels supposedly perform special tasks: some come down for worship, or bring with them  proclamations for the coming year, others for granting the request of the believing Muslim.

According to Abu Huraira's translation of the Hadith, the Prophet Muhammed declared that "whoever prays during the Night of Power with faith and hoping for its reward will have all his previous sins forgiven." 

This time of heightened spirituality can be a time for God to reveal the person of Jesus Christ (Al Massih Issa Ibnollah in Arabic) to Muslims. 

(italics excerpted from: 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus Handbook)


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  • Can I encourage you to pray for muslims as they observe Ramadan? Pray that as they study the Qur'an and read about the Prophet Isa, The Lord will reveal Himself to them. Pray that they will have a hunger for God's Word and read it with an open heart and mind.

  • You can also pray for muslim-background-believers and christians who live in muslim countries. Pray for their protection and safety. Pray that they can be courageous and bold in their witness for Christ. 

Open Doors USA offers a user-friendly 30-day prayer and reference guide for use during Ramadan. The resource can be downloaded free of charge at: 
https://www.opendoorsusa.org/landing-pages/ramadan/ramadan.html

Here is a link to a blog post on praying for persecuted christians during Ramadan:
https://www.opendoorsusa.org/press/2013/06-June/Ramadan-30-days-of-Prayer-for-Persecuted-Christians

~Elizabeth



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