Pray During RamadanBy Jonathan L.
Until August 18, when Ramadan ends, we will be specifically and intentionally praying for the 1.56 billion Muslims around the world. We will not neglect the persecuted church during this time, but continue to intercede for them, especially focusing on those who live in predominately Islamic contexts around the world.
Pray that the millions of Chinese Muslims living on the outskirts of the Taklamakan Desert in Western China would see the light of Christ and look to Him for salvation. Of the dozen people groups in this region, the largest is the Uyghur, numbering over 10.75 million and 99% Muslim (though most follow a folk Islam mixed with superstition).
There are about 7.5 million Han Chinese immigrants living around the Taklamakan, many of whom immigrated there recently. Pray that the possible 850,000 Christians among them (75% of whom are in house churches) will be strong and intentional witnesses for Christ despite the animosity from the Muslim majority groups and the cultural, linguistic, and religious isolation they experience.
Pray that they continue to grow in the religious curiosity and openness that began with the fall of the Gaddafi regime. Pray that they would humbly and honestly see Christianity for what it is and submit themselves to Jesus as King and Savior. Also, pray for the government to guide the people of Libya to live in peace and freedom.
Pray that amidst the unrest and uncertainty, Christians would be present, steadfast, bold, wise, and intentional as they spread the gospel to their Muslim friends and neighbors. Pray that through this newfound freedom and religious curiosity, many opportunities would present themselves and that believers would take full advantage to make disciples.