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Jul 5

30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World – July 9th to August 7th

2013 | by Clint | Category: Global,North Africa (SNAP),Prayer

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is a designated time for Muslims worldwide to observe as holy with an increased focus on prayer and fasting.  This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.  The month lasts 29-30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon.  Fasting and prayer during Ramadan is obligatory for adult Muslims.  While fasting from dawn to sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations.  Food and drink are served daily before and after sunset.  According to Islam, the rewards of fasting are many, but in this month they are believed to be multiplied.  [Source: Wikipedia]

Islam is a works based belief system.  It is through works (like fasting and prayer) that the follower obligates (in some ways) Allah (the god of the Qu’ran) to reward the follower.

As Christians, we believe Jesus is the Son of God, and we believe His words in John 14:6 – “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (ESV)

And Peter’s words “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12, ESV)

And because of this, we pray, even more during this season, that as Muslims do turn their hearts and minds toward spiritual things, that Jesus Christ would use His church and His Word to Mulsims toward Himself and toward the gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in the Scriptures alone, to the glory of God alone.

Will you join us as we pray?

30 days of prayer

You can grab a hard copy (limited numbers) at the DSC information center, or you can go online for a number of related, downloadable sources, including a “Daily Take – for Busy Christians” which is a daily reminder to pray for specific things during this month.You can also sign up for the email reminders to pray throughout this initiative here.
Also, if you have the time (9 minutes), check out this site.  You can scroll down to the bottom right hand side and click the image that looks like this:Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 1.59.19 PM



to view a video highlighting the unprecedented movement of Muslims toward Christ over the past couple of decades