Posts categorized 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
With over 500,000 Muslims from a huge variety of ethnic backgrounds living in the Chicago area, we have vibrant ministry opportunities there.
May the Lord grant to the Christians in the area understanding on how to “Bridge the Gap” with the love of Jesus.
In prayer today, an image came to mind. I saw a devout man in prayer. He was bowed down in reverence and facing Mecca. When he tried to rise, his head was somehow riveted to the floor.
A voice behind me proclaimed Psalm 3:3.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
May God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ lift the heads of our Muslim family and friends to ministry of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Living in West Bengal for three months as a teenager influenced my life greatly and continues to do so to this day. While serving among people in poverty I had never seen before, I first heard Mahatma Gandhi’s, “Live simply so others may simply live.”
While walking down a Kolkata street my walking partners said, “We’ve got to get out of here now.” So we hurried our way in a different direction. After the run to safety, I asked, “What is this all about?”
“The group of people coming our way on the street are Muslims on their way to make an animal sacrifice. The group behind us are Hindus who include the same animals in their worship. There will be a bloody battle between the two groups today.”
Bengali Muslims are the second largest Muslim ethnic group. May the Lord hear our prayers on their behalf.
With today’s prayer focus being an unnamed people group, I think it best to provide the group information from the prayer guide.
This unnamed people group are strong, independent mountain-dwellers, easily walking for a day to spend time with friends. Until recently, their rough mountainous region had no vehicular access, but working hard (with lots of dynamite!) the people are making a level way through the valleys, for the first time connecting needy people to markets and much-needed health services.
They live in Central Asia, and comprise only about 300,000 people made up of about five ethnic groups and speaking different languages. Known for straight-talking, honesty and practical jokes, their lives are plagued by conflict, religious laws, violence, sickness and death. Many leave their mountain due to fear of family revenge killings, lack of food or a desire to educate their children. Islamic extremism is also bringing conflict and widespread fear.
When praying for an unnamed people and situation, we totally rely upon the Holy Spirit to guide us.
The Masalit tribe of Sudan are in need of rain. Drought, desert and famine are often their greatest enemies in the natural and similar words are true of their nemesis in the spiritual. May the Lord grant the Masalit tribe rain in the natural and the spiritual. May their hearts be softened by the rain of the Spirit and the seed of God’s word planted in the heart’s soil.
I could find no photos of the Masalit tribe, so I selected this photo of others in Sudan.
For the Hui of China I am praying recognition of the removal of shame by Jesus on the cross. Honor and shame cultures are blessed in learning that Jesus took their shame on the cross and placing their trust in Him removes all shame AND gives them His honor. That is a glorious exchange. Our shame for His honor.
The Afar have heard the Gospel for many years and recently a few have placed their trust in Jesus for salvation. Glory to God! This people group, divided by various international borders, are in need of a sense of home, settledness, being heard and respected. Turning to Christ guarantees an eternal sense of home for these nomadic people who endure extreme heat and drought on a regular basis.
We pray for those who are assisting in the spiritual growth of the Afar and for anointed evangelism.
My various tourist activities in Turkey have all been delightful experiences. Visiting the Seven Churches of Asia strikes the somber note, “It is not a good thing when God says, “Or I will remove your candlestick. God has kept His promise. The church in Turkey is nearly gone entirely.
Yet God always has a righteous remnant and the land of Turkey is no exception. I’m praying God keeps the Christians living there safe and bold with their witness.
Dubai of the UAE is a major economic and travel hub. There is a good likelihood you or someone you know has been there.
I am not sure why, but I am just now learning about the rich culture and history of Emirati pearl divers. Long before oil dominated the UAE experience, pearl diving was vital to their economic well being.
May the delightful Emirati’s experience God’s grace to find the Pearl of Great Price.
I hear the Maldives are as beautiful as can be. With hundreds of amazing tropical islands I can imagine the beaches, palm trees and tropical fruit. I love joining God in looking at His creation and declaring, “It is good.”
The 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World Prayer Guide has the deeply thought provoking and challenging title, “The Maldives: Paradise without Christ.”
According to their law, the Maldives are 100% Muslim. Physically the Maldives are sunny and bright. Spiritually, there is great darkness.
Interestingly, it is the world’s lowest country (from sea level). At its highest, The Maldives are 17 feet above sea level. There is a spiritual low point too. The Bible is not yet fully translated into Dhivehi.
For these much loved people, we pray.
The Rohingya people, refugees from Myanmar, are identified by the United Nations as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Additionally, the United Nations has stated the Rohingya are victims of ethnic cleansing. It is unbelievable such atrocities exist in our world of today. Lord, have mercy.
May God take bold action on behalf of these beloved people for whom justice, generosity and civility has been denied.