Muslims throughout the world will celebrate Ramadan from 11 August through 9 September 2010. They will fast during daylight hours in an effort to break bad habits and seek forgiveness of sins.
This call to prayer for Muslims originally came during a meeting of several Christian leaders in the Middle East in 1992. Several believers strongly sensed God's desire to call as many Christians as possible to pray for the Muslim world. A prayer movement was planned to coincide with the Islamic month of Ramadan which follows a lunar calendar. (In 2010 this is from 11 August through 9 September).
Christians all over the world will be setting aside the thirty days of Ramadan to pray specifically for Muslims. For intercessors, this month-long celebration is a chance to see precious souls set free from the bondage of Islam and introduced to the Saviour of all mankind: Jesus Christ.
It was intended that these "30 Days" should be during the month of Ramadan for at least two reasons: (1) As a means for Christians to identify themselves with Muslims during a fixed period of the year, and (2) to call upon God's sovereign intervention in the lives of Muslims during a time of the year when they are particularly religious.
Please note that praying during the month of Ramadan does not mean that we conform ourselves to the Muslim practices of fasting and prayer. As believers in Jesus we disagree with Islamic ideas, theology and practice in several areas. However, the "30 Days" movement emphasises God's love for Muslims. We encourage all believers to cultivate a spirit of humility, love, respect and service toward Muslims. For more information and to download the 30 Day Prayer Guide please visit: The 30-Days Prayer Network. Website: http://www.30-days.net
- the Lord to give Muslims everywhere a hunger to know Him. Pray for them to become dissatisfied with the rituals and obligations of Islam and long to have relationship with the true and living God. ( Jeremiah 29:13)
- the time of fasting and focusing on spiritual issues to become a window of opportunity for the Holy Spirit to speak to Muslims, revealing the salvation available only in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:17,18)
- Laylatul Qadr (the night of power) to be a night in which the Lord arises and works mightily to show forth His glory and set free those held captive by Islam. Pray for Muslims to have dreams and visions of the risen Savior. ( Isaiah 42:6,7)
- godly sorrow and the need to be forgiven from sin to lead Muslims to repentance and salvation in Christ. ( II Corinthians 7:10)
- the veil to be removed from the eyes of those who are in bondage to Islam. Ask the Lord to enable them to see the light of the Gospel of the Glory of Christ. ( II Corinthians 4:4)
- a great and unprecedented harvest of souls of Muslims worldwide. ( John 4:35)
- the Kingdom of God to come to North Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia - all of the 10/40 Window in power and great glory. ( I Corinthians 4:20)
Sources: 30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World, "A Muslim's Heart" (Hoskins, 2003), "The Compact Guide to World Religions" (Halverson, 1996), SoundVision.com, Wikipedia, WIN 10/40 (http://www.win1040.com/)
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