As part of the 10/10 Prayer Initiative, 180 agencies have come together to ask God to draw to himself 10 percent of the world’s Muslims in the next 10 years. 10/10. Easy to remember, yet such an amazingly big task that only God can do it. SEND International has committed to fast and pray the first Friday of every month — today, and every first Friday for the next decade.
This year, May 15 starts the Muslim month of Ramadan, when all faithful Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. This time of fasting and giving to the poor is an attempt for Muslims to seek God’s favor and forgiveness. Each day the fast, whenever possible, is broken in the evening with family and friends gathered around a table piled high with food.
The start date does have some flexibility as it is fixed to the lunar calendar and depends on the sighting of the moon. It is common for some Muslims and even whole countries to begin either a day earlier or later than the rest of the Muslim world, based upon their religious leader’s determination of the start date. Because it is based on the lunar calendar, each year Ramadan moves forward in our calendar by 10 or 11 days. Year by year, Ramadan slowly moves through the seasons — spring, summer, fall, winter, and eventually spring again. This can sometime be confusing to Christians, who are used to fixed dates for Christmas and Easter.
For decades, during the month of Ramadan, Christians have been able to use a unique booklet to help them not only pray for Muslims, but to understand a little more about them as well. This booklet, 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World, provides daily readings and prayer requests for a particular people group or country. This booklet can be ordered online at www.30daysprayer.com, or you can also download digital copies. They also provide an edition for children.
Pray that many Muslims who are fasting and praying this Ramadan would see a vision from the True and Living God and would have their lives changed. And pray that Christians worldwide would reach out to Muslims with compassion, mercy and love in this special season of prayer.
Focus: The Middle East & Turkey
Though Jesus was born in the Middle East, there are many Muslims living there now who consider Christianity a wholly Western invention. We are asking people to pray for God to raise up more workers to go to the Middle East and to share with people who have never talked to a Christian before, for the sake of the gospel.
While there are Christians who have lived in some countries of the Middle East for a long time, some even having roots to ancient churches, many of these face harassment and persecution for their faith. They are not accepted by most of their Muslim neighbors and it is very difficult for them to reach out to the Muslims around them because of the centuries of social barriers and distrust. We need to pray for these brothers and sisters, too, that they would be strengthened and emboldened to love and speak for Christ in the midst of great difficulty.
We ask you to particularly pray that American pastor Andrew Brunson will be released after 18 months in prison in Turkey, and for other expats who are living there as visas and permission to work and stay in that country are becoming more and more difficult to obtain.
More on Muslim ministry
- SEND Hope & Light: A rich set of resources for anyone wanting to learn more about reaching Muslims.
- Maybe you’re the answer to our prayers for more workers? Explore opportunities to serve with SEND in a Muslim ministry context.
Banner image: Hasan Almasi
Mosque photo: Gamze Bozkaya