Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is considered the holiest month of the year by millions of Muslims. This year, Ramadan starts on 18 June. Muslims fast, observe daily prayers, give to the poor and refocus their attention on Allah.
This time for fasting and prayers is intended to purify the soul and to help Muslims rededicate their lives to Islam.
But Christians do not observe Ramadan, so how does all this affect us?
As Muslims devote themselves to seeking God, we can pray that they find Jesus. We know that Muslims don’t regard Jesus as God and only accept Him as a prophet. But as Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
We have seen many Muslims come to Christ through dreams and visions of Jesus (read more about Tom Doyle’s book Dreams and Visions here); pray many more will have this encounter. Pray for Christians sharing the Gospel with Muslims. Pray that they will not be hostile to the message of salvation, but will listen with open ears and hearts.
All Christians know the power of the cross and God’s incredible sacrifice for humanity through Jesus Christ. Muslims do not believe that Jesus was crucified and gave His life in order to show God’s love for mankind. Pray that they will realise this ultimate gift and be able to accept it.
With so much persecution and so many atrocities that Christian churches face from radical Muslims, pray that the church will continue to manifest Christ’s love and kindness. Pray that Christians will not be discouraged by the persecution and will continue in their faith.
As you pray for Muslims during Ramadan, why not also take the time to reflect on God’s love, His sacrifice and the hope we have in Him though Jesus’ resurrection? Pray that Christian churches around the world will encourage and join one another in praying for the Muslim world during this sacred time for Islam.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan; this year, this falls on 17 July. Muslims celebrate the breaking of the fast with prayers and festive food. Pray that many Muslims will not only celebrate with food, but will have real cause for rejoicing in a new life found in Jesus.