August 12, 2010

Praying through Ramadan and the Persecuted Church

Today marks the first day of Ramadan for over 1 billion Muslims around the world.  "This year Ramadan runs from August 11 through September 9. During those dates, most Muslims will fast from dawn until dusk, seeking to shed away their sins through acts of restraint. They believe this is a time of purification accomplished through good deeds and self control."

"Violent demonstrations against Christians commonly increase during Ramadan.  During this time of spiritual severity, however, many have miraculous visions of Jesus and put their trust in Him.  This is why it is so urgent for Christians to be united in prayer throughout Ramadan." ( from Open Doors USA)

Can I urge you to pray for both Muslims and Christians at least once a day through this season?  Go to the site Open Doors USA  to learn more about Ramadan.  You can also print a Prayer Calendar to guide you through the month of prayers.  This is a great way to expose our children to the difficulty many Christians face because of their faith.

For the next 10 weeks on Thursdays, we will explore the Top 10 Nations on the World Watch List of the Persecuted Church.  I hope you will join me as I present each country so that we can continue to pray for so many who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ.

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