Three Things Christians Can Pray For During Ramadan
What should Christians pray during Ramadan?
But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
1.8 billion people around the world identify as Muslims. Ramadan is the month of fasting and prayer Muslims undertake in order to mark the first revelation of the Quran given to Muhammad.
Each year, we ask our supporters to join us in prayer during this time.
But, why should Christians pray during Ramadan?
1. Christians face increased persecution during Ramadan
Believers who live in Muslim-dominated countries say that persecution is often more intense during Ramadan. If they decide not to fast, they stand out from those who are Muslim.
“As much excitement as the Islamic holy month brings to Muslims, it does carry a great deal of burden and concern to the Christian community,” said a local Egyptian believer. It is a very long 30 days during which Christians in schools, work or public spaces receive harsh looks and verbal harassment from extreme Muslims because of their faith. They are ridiculed for not fasting like Muslims. There have even been some cases where Christians have faced physical violence because they were caught eating their lunch by their fasting Muslim co-workers or neighbours.”
2. We desire for many Muslims to come to faith in Christ during Ramadan
Many Muslims fast during this month in the hope of getting closer to Allah and are often more open to those who are sharing the truth of the gospel. We have heard countless stories of Muslims finding Jesus during Ramadan. In some countries, almost 30 percent of believers come to faith through dreams or visions.
One year during Ramadan, Mushir, a devout Muslim, was fasting and praying. He was in a room in his home, crying out to God and asking to really know Him. Suddenly a picture fell from the wall and smashed into pieces. It was an old, traditional painting that had been on the wall for years. But behind it, was a picture of Jesus Christ on the cross.
“I was speechless, shocked, and in my heart; I knew this was the answer to the question I was asking,” Mushir said. “I knew that I had found God. God had shown me who He was – Jesus Christ was His answer.”
We pray for God to work through His people around the world to share the truth of Jesus with Muslims during this time.
3. Jesus tells us to pray for our persecutors
Islamic extremists, such as Islamic State and Boko Haram, are some of the worst persecutors of Christians worldwide.
In Matthew 5:44, Jesus outlines how we should respond: “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Denis Nicholas sat at front of his church in Kenya when al-Shabaab gunmen entered the service and opened fire on the congregation.
Denis was shot three times.
“I could feel life draining from me, but I was determined to forgive the person who had shot me before I died. I remember whispering or thinking, ‘Lord, I forgive them, I forgive them… please forgive them, also…’, then I lost consciousness.”
Denis was critically wounded and eventually declared dead. However, on the way to the morgue, he sneezed! Denis was rushed back to hospital and reattached to oxygen.
“I am alive because of God,” he said.
This month reminds us to pray for Islamic extremists who persecute Christians.
Can you pray?
- Pray for Muslims seeking God during Ramadan to have a revelation of Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
- Pray for Christians who were formerly Muslims who are now living as secret believers. Pray for their protection; they may suffer more persecution during this time.
- Pray for Christians living in Muslim countries, that they will be strengthened by the Holy Spirit and bold enough to share the gospel.
Used with permission by Global Media Outreach from Open Doors Australia. You can read Beth's full article here.
Pray this week:
Heavenly Father, please draw many Muslims to faith in Jesus Christ during Ramadan. Please protect Christians during these days. When we are persecuted, help us to pray for our persecutors. Please strengthen Christians world-wide to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and caring actions. Amen.
Do you have any Muslim friends you want to pray for? Let us know.