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Let’s Pray for Muslims

Posted: June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. ~Romans 10:1

On June 28 Muslims around the world began their holy month of prayer and fasting called Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is a great time to pray for our Muslim neighbors and those scattered around the globe. We are called to love them and share the Gospel and prayer is a great place to start. There are a number of guides out there to help pray for them. Your first stop should be to check out http://www.30-days.net/.  It has a variety of resources and downloadable calendars to help you pray during this month (including an easy Daily Take for Busy Christians). While I may not totally agree with every resource that 30 Days promotes; this website is a great place to start to get connected to praying for Muslims. Check the end of this post for resources offering more depth and insight. The International Mission Board has posted an info-graphic to help inform and equip us to pray for the world’s 1.6 Billion Muslims (23% of the world population) here.

My wife and I have loved and labored to Muslims in ministry before we were married and together afterward. So, this is always an easy effort to pray with faces of the lost that we have known and love. For all Christians (if we are honest) it can be a significant challenge at times to sincerely pray for their salvation. Let us use Romans 10:1-2 as a guide. While the apostle Paul is speaking of his desire to see his Jewish kinsmen saved let this be the cry for our heart. While we  pray for the salvation of Muslims let us pray for our own heart that there is a true desire for them to be saved and be followers of Christ. Loving the Muslim should start with prayer and must begin with a sincere heart.

Will you join me and thousands upon thousands around the globe in praying for Muslims?

I encourage you to start with prayer. But rather you live scattered around the globe amongst the 1.6 billion Muslims or you live in the United States where an estimated 4-8 million Muslims reside; there is a good chance you come regularly in contact with our Muslim neighbors. While not be prepared and equipped to share the Gospel with them? I want to encourage you with a few resources to be better informed and equipped.

The first is The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence by Thabiti Anyabwile. Thabiti brings a unique perspective as he’s a pastor but was a Muslim that was converted to Christianity.

A recent and helpful book is by James R. White: What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an. You can even read this book along with my friends at Here I Blog (though you will be a bit late to that party) and interact about the book and this topic.

There have been dangerous trends in recent years in the areas of Bible translations aimed at Muslim people groups and in methodologies with missionaries to Muslims that undermines Scripture.  This is an issue that every Bible-believing Christian should care about. Chrislam: How Missionaries are Promoting an Islamized Gospel   gives a detailed look at this. You can go a step further and read the website: Biblical Missiology where most of the authors of Chrislam have contributed. I encourage you to take a look and consider signing their petition that encourages missionaries and Bible translators to Keep the terms “Father” & “Son” in Bible translations.

Every Gospel minister (in my opinion) should have a copy of Samuel Zwemer’s Islam and the Cross . Zwemer was a pioneering missionary to Muslims born almost 150 years ago and his writings are foundational in the area of Muslim missiology. Islam and the Cross is a collection of some of Zwemer’s most significant works. It is a must have for your personal or any church library.

While the aim of this post was to get you praying for Muslims my hope is that it will encourage you to share the Gospel with them also. May we pray, the Spirit move mightily, and we speak with boldness!

    And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. ~Acts 4:31 ESV

portions of this post were originally written and posted on July 16 ,2012

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