Ramadan Prayer
11 August 2010
Since 1992, the 30-Days of Prayer Network has been calling followers of Isa (Yeshua, Jesus) to pray for Muslims, particularly during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan (which this year runs from August 11 through September 9), and equipping them with the resources to do so. Here is some information about this ministry from their Web site:
The origin of this call to prayer and fasting for the Muslim world came about as a group of Christian leaders were praying about the Islamic world during a meeting in the Middle East in April 1992. God put a burden on the hearts of these men and women to call as many Christians as possible to pray for the Muslim world. Today this event draws Christians worldwide to a united, global prayer meeting. The 30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World prayer guide is now produced in more than 42 languages each year and distributed from more than 32 regional offices. Millions of Christians have joined together in prayer, across denominations, languages and cultures to pray for the Muslim world. As a result, a wave of missions mobilisation and Muslim missions awareness is occurring across the globe.
From every continent, representing a multitude of languages, more than 100 people work together to provide information, statistics, stories and photographs for the 30-Days Muslim World Prayer Guide. Most of those who contribute are field workers currently working in unreached regions. From remote desert oasis to crowded urban centres, each person contributes a unique insight into the needs of the people they live and work among. They are certainly not scholars who have a distant understanding of Muslims, but rather a group of people who have a passionate love for those they serve.
This prayer event is planned to coincide with the Islamic month of Ramadan so that we, the Body of Christ, would get God's heart for the Muslim world. We pray for greater breakthroughs for the Gospel among Muslims, an increased commitment to prayer by Christians, and for more missionaries to be released to work among Muslims. We expect that many people will want to demonstrate their commitment to prayer for the Muslim people by fasting for perhaps a meal or a longer period, but we are not suggesting they should observe Ramadan in the way Muslims do. Praying for the Muslim world during Ramadan is very different from observing the Muslim holy month itself. Our desire is to see the spread of the Gospel across the Muslim world and the preparation of the Christian Church worldwide for a wonderful move of God among Muslims.
The 30-Days Global prayer movement encompasses thousands of people and hundreds of ministries in almost every country of the world. In every case, our passion is to know God and to make Him known. We are a mixture of people from all over the world, from 149 countries in fact. In many of our locations, people from a wide variety of nations serve side by side. We come from numerous different Christian denominations and speak hundreds of languages. Nearly half of our staff come from "non-western" countries, such as Brazil, Korea, Indonesia, India and Nepal. In addition, staff from many of our mission affiliates host short-term outreach teams made up of individuals, youth groups, families and churches who get to participate first-hand in "making God known" through both words and actions.
Will you pray? Will you promote 30-days? Will you change the world — God's way? Love Muslims through prayer.
Will you join me and millions of other followers of Isa (Yeshua, Jesus) in praying for Muslims daily during Ramadan? Why don't you head over to the 30-Days of Prayer Network Web site and download their 30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World prayer guide? Or sign up to receive free bite-sized daily e-mail extracts from the prayer guide. However you decide to do it, JUST DO IT! Praying for Muslims, especially during Ramadan, is one of the most loving things you can do for them. Through prayer, love a Muslim TODAY!