Open Doors USA is encouraging Christians to pray for Muslims around the world to draw near to God’s Word and for God to shine the light of Christ upon them during the month-long Muslim observance of Ramadan.
For believers, the ministry is urging for prayers for protection during Ramadan and for their bold acts of compassion as they reach out to Muslim neighbors with the Gospel of Christ through both words and deeds.
“Historically, many Muslims have turned to Christ during the month of Ramadan,” reported Open Doors. “But it is also a time of fierce devotion to the Prophet Mohammed and often Christians around the world are in particular danger during this month.”
Ramadan is a highly-anticipated time of the year for many of those adhering to Islam. During the month-long observance, Muslims set aside time to fast, to engage in good works, and to re-examine their own lives in an attempt to please and draw near to their god.
This year, Ramadan falls between June 5 and July 5.
To help believers petition the God of salvation on behalf of Muslims worldwide, Open Doors is offering a Ramadan Prayer Calendar on its website. The calendar can be downloaded here.
“Even as the call to prayer fills the air in cities around the globe, let us hear and respond to the Holy Spirit’s call to prayer for Muslims,” urged Open Doors.
In closing, Open Doors offered the following prayer:
Father, in Matthew 4 of Your Holy Word, we read about Isaiah’s prophecy that “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Truly Christ is that light and was Your very presence among us as He walked this earth. We give You great praise with thanksgiving in our hearts that You have fixed that light of truth and faith on our own hearts that we might call You Father. We pray for the protection of believers during Ramadan and for their bold acts of compassion as they reach out to Muslim neighbors with the gospel of Christ through both words and deeds. And during this month of Ramadan we pray that You will shine the light of Christ on Muslims throughout the world as they prayerfully seek You. Draw them to Your Word, to Your very presence, in saving faith through dreams and visions and through the compassionate reaching out of believers. In the name of Jesus who is redeeming a people to be His own from all nations of the earth, Amen.
By NRB Staff
Published: June 16, 2016