30 Days of Prayer
I am a huge fan of the 30 Days of prayer for the Muslim World. It encourages me to be intentional about praying for 30 days, focused on my friends and neighbors who come from a Muslim background.
The 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World, is an international movement that began in 1993 by what is now supported by worldchristian.com. It calls the church to make a deliberate but respectful effort to learn about, pray for and reach out to our world’s Muslim neighbors. It coincides annually with the important Islamic month of religious observation — Ramadan, a time of the year when Muslims are much more deeply aware of spiritual matters.
While Media sound bites about Islamic extremism can too easily incite anger, fear and even hatred towards Muslims, we seek to resist this temptation to generalize, and instead, resolve to respond and pray with the mind and heart of Christ.
· The International Ministry at Forest Hills will have prayer guides for you in the literature racks around the church, during the dates of Ramadan, May 6-June 4, 2019.
· During the same period, you can follow and involve specific prayer requests in your daily prayer life with this web link: https://www.30daysprayer.com/
· You will also see this video playing on the Gathering Place TV monitors:
Pray with sincerity and respect. It is not the intention of this prayer focus during Ramadan to disparage Islam or Muslim sentiments in any way. We recognize that humans and the Muslim world are far too complex to simply condense or explain with a mere booklet. However, at the same time, it is our sincere desire that Muslims the world over would have the opportunity to freely understand and consider the Good News — Jesus Christ.
Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.”[a] 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”[b] (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’”[c] (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[d] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e]
12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[f]
Romans 10:5-13, to God be the Glory.