Friday, June 15, 2018
Muslims end the month-long Ramadan fast with a celebration known as Id al-Fitr, a national holiday in Muslim countries. There are parties and festivities. No more rigorous abstention from food and drink. The mood changes from somber to joyful. Family members get together. People give alms to the poor.
Yet, it is not uncommon at this time of jubilation and glee for people to feel empty and unfulfilled.
Blessed be your majesty in heaven, O God (Ezekiel 3:12). You are the True God, the only God to be worshipped and adored. You are the source of true joy and comfort; you are our hope.
I pray for these dear friends. Help them allow you to change their lives. Although they have broken the fast and are now celebrating and feasting, what they really need is Jesus, the Bread of Life. Open their hearts to receive the message of Christ. Give them a hunger and a thirst for the Word of God. Put in them the desire to know Jesus and follow him.
You promised to spread a banquet, a feast of rich food for all peoples (Isaiah 25:6). Lord, Muslims are very needy. They are hungry for you, even if they do not realize it. I pray that the love of Christ will touch their hearts. May they realize the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary. May many of them, even today, commit their lives to you, our Lord and Savior, and find true peace, joy and rest in you. Amen.
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:37-38, NIV).
Friday, June 8, 2018
The 27th day of the month of Ramadan in the Muslim calendar is called the Night of Power. It commemorates the night Muhammad reportedly received the first revelation of the Qur’an from the angel Jibril. On this special night, as Muslims celebrate this event, they feel particularly expectant. Many take time to recite the Qur’an and do special prayers. They believe that this night is better than 1000 months of worship. Some report seeing visions and dreams during this time.
Heavenly Father, your Word tells us that “in these last days [God] has spoken to us by his Son” (Hebrews 1:2). He is the One who died on Calvary to open up the way for us to come into your holy presence. Were it not for the cross, we would have no means to approach you. Thank you.
And that is why I ask you to reveal Jesus Christ to my Muslim friends. Visit them in the power of your Holy Spirit. Convict them of their sin of rejecting Christ and putting their faith in someone else. May they realize that Jesus’ claims are true, that he is Lord, Savior and Son of God. May they accept him in their lives and submit to him.
O Lord Jesus, manifest your glory to Muslims at this time when they are anticipating dreams and visions. Come to them in a supernatural way and speak to their hearts. Meet their needs and calm their fears. Reveal to them your mighty power, your compassionate love, and your forgiving grace. Change their lives. Give them hope and fill them with your Spirit.
In your precious name I pray. Amen.
When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:13, NIV).