Today marks the halfway point of Ramadan. I wonder how God has answered my prayers and your prayers in amazing ways that we might never know until we get to Heaven. How awesome is it that we can impact eternity right from our own homes! When i stop to think about just how awesome that is (in the real sense on the word, not the “that movie was awesome” way) I am almost brought to tears. Just sit for a second and really ponder that. It doesn’t matter if you have health problems and can’t ever make it to the mission field. It doesn’t matter if you are 98 years old and wondering how much longer the Lord plans on keeping you around. It doesn’t matter if you are just a little kid and it is past your bedtime but you want to be out changing the world. We can all impact not just the world, but eternity even from inside out own homes, all alone with the Lord. Wow.
Today let’s stop and thank the Lord for the awesome things he is doing in the lives of Muslims around the world. Let’s thank him for loving them SO much and for pursuing them. Let’s thank him for the Muslims who have already come to know him during Ramadan, and let’s thank him with full confidence that many already have. Let’s thank him for the many more who will come to know him in the next 15 days.
Syria is in the news almost every day. ISIS is in control, Christians are severely persecuted, Women are mistreated and not allowed an education.
Today let’s focus our prayers on the people of Syria.
Pray for economic change but most especially for Spiritual Change. We have already been praying and can trust that Jesus is working on the hearts of the Muslims in Syria, so today let’s pray for softness of hearts of the Syrian people that God created in His image and loves more than we could ever imagine. Pray that they will feel His love and open their hearts and minds to Him.
Pray that believers in Syria would be filled with hope and joy.
I admit, often times I forget about how powerful pray is. It is pretty silly when I stop to think about it, how could I discount the importance of bringing my requests before the one who created the entire universe and each plant, animal and person. If I stop to think about what prayer really is it completely blows me away, as it should. But my puny little mind forgets about things like that too often.
Today let’s pray that God will strike a mighty blow at Satan over Ramadan.
When you start to study a bit more about Islam and the teachings of Islam you start to see that in many areas (most especially end times prophesy) Islam is a mirror image of Christianity. It looks a bit similar when you just place at it. We are both monotheistic (although they would not agree that we are because of the Trinity), we both believe that our beliefs started with Abraham, we both believe in Heaven and hell. But that is where the similarities stop and you start to see that everything they believe is the exact opposite of what we believe. Their messiah is our Antichrist from Revelations who will ride into the temple on a pig. Their Jesus is our false prophet who will blaspheme the true Jesus Christ.
Satan really has a stronghold in the religion of Islam, he knows that if he makes it sound similar enough we will be fooled and so will they and he has done a great job of fooling and enslaving so many.
Pray that many Muslims will come to Christ over Ramadan, so many that Satan will tremble.
Prayer is so powerful, we have this awesome opportunity to talk to the one who paints the sunsets, hung the stars and loves us more than we could ever comprehend. Let’s really use that powerful opportunity today.
Today the people of Somalia are on my mind. 99.8% of Somali people are Muslim, converting to Christianity is extremely dangerous and will likely mean torture and death. According to Open Doors the persecution level is extreme (2nd most dangerous country for Christians) and in order to even get access to a Bible Somali believers must make an extremely dangerous trip to Kenya or another neighbouring and then smuggle it back in.
Somalia is one of the top 50 poorest countries in the world and the poor are VERY poor.
Pray for the Christians there (less that 1% of the population). Pray that God will fill their neighbors with curiosity to know more and a desire to have the same joy and freedom that they have.
Pray for something like what happened at Pentecost to happen in Somolia, for thousands to come to Christ over Ramadan and the days to come. This seems like a pretty “out there prayer”, I know, but bring it before the Lord with boldness knowing that he wants to see this even more than we do.
Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees. – Corrie Ten Boom
Is it hard for you to get in the mood to pray? It is for me! Sometimes I am in the mood but in all honesty most days it is not really on my mind all that much unless I make a point of thinking about it and keep reminding myself.
So today and this weekend lets do something a little different. Let’s pray about praying. Let’s pray that God will fill us with the desire and NEED to talk to him. That the need will be so desperate that we can’t bear not to pray. After all, all of these lists of things to pray about are really just empty words if we aren’t actually taking the time to get on our knees and bring them before the throne.
Put reminders on your phone for times when you won’t be bothers, maybe when the little people in your life are in bed, maybe put a reminder in the shower if that is the only time you have alone every day. The shower is a great place because (in theory) no one will bother you. Put reminders in your kitchen because most of us when a good amount of time in there.
If you want more to pray about this weekend go back over some of the previous posts and pray again for them you can never pray too many times.
Pray for those who have been seeing Jesus in their dreams. Pray that God will give them eyes to see the truth and clarity of mind. Pray that he will give them wisdom to discern truth from lies and the boldness to act on the truth.
Today let’s pray for Muslim Background believers who are being imprisoned or mistreated because of what they believe. Let’s pray for strength and faithfulness for them. Let’s pray that the love of Christ will so fill them that their trials seem insignificant.
Let’s pray today for those who are imprisoning them or mistreating them, prison guards, fellow inmates, family members… Let’s pray that they will see so much love in the ones they are mistreating that they are not only convicted for their actions but desperately want to know Christ too.
Today let’s do something a bit harder. Let’s really pray for our enemies.
Today let’s focus on the ISIS. Pray today for the very ones that would behead us if they had the chance, that have already beheaded many of our brothers and sisters. Pray that God would come to them like he did to Saul/Paul. Pray that He would come to them in such a way that they cannot go on, that he strikes them blind even for a time or does something similar until they change their ways. Pray that we would have a love for them, not for what they do of course but for them as people and that we would really not want even them to spend eternity in hell. Jesus’ blood is sufficient even for what they do. After all, before Paul became Paul he had a similar life goal.
These aren’t really that out-of-the-box prayers, God has already done things like this before and continues to do things like this all the time in other parts of the world. Here in North America we have become a bit blind to this side of God but it is still alive and well. He comes to Muslims in dreams and visions so often that they have bilboards and commercials asking “have you seen a man in white robes in your dreams? If so call ______” (there are some amazing stories of this happening in books like Killing Christians and Dreams and Visions and others.
Today, pray for Muslims around you. Unless you live on the moon there are mostly likely Mosques or Muslim Societies in your area, even if you are rural (your area can include a 2 hour radius)
Pray that the Church as individuals and as a body would be filled with a desire to reach them and a desire to show them the love of Christ. For so many fear has given way to hate but neither fear nor hate should have any place in the life of a disciple of Christ. Pray that the Holy Spirit would fill us with a desire to love them and really show them that love to such an extent that they cannot ignore it.