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Prayer & Ramadan


 

The juxtaposition this year of the Christian celebration of Easter (April 4), and the Muslim celebration of Ramadan (30 days of prayer and fasting beginning April 13) offers some interesting reflection on the nature of each of these two religious observances.

It’s a study in whether God’s forgiveness is given or earned.

Easter & Ramadan

Easter

Easter, coming at the end of Holy Week (March 28-April 4, 2021) is a time for Christians to remember the tremendous sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ in his suffering and death, and to celebrate his tremendous victory in rising from the dead. His sacrifice and victory have defeated sin, death and Satan, and we who are his disciples, rest in his finished work, even as we join him in his mission to make his redemptive work known to all.

We are confident of our access to and right relationship with God because Jesus Christ is our mediator, and his sacrifice has dealt with our sins. We have been given right standing with God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Ramadan

Ramadan, marked by 30 days of fasting and prayer (April 13-May 12, 2021), is a season when Muslims diligently strive to fulfill the duties that form the basis of their religious practice.

During Ramadan, observant Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from food, drink, smoking, sexual activity, as well as gossip, fighting, lying, etc. It’s a rigorous commitment to sacrifice, renunciation, reflection and spiritual growth. Ramadan is often a season of recommitment to God and the Muslim community.

A diligent observance of Ramadan is offered in hopes that God’s pardon might be earned for the sins they have committed.

Forgiveness

Christian forgiveness rests in Jesus’ finished work; our efforts to love God and love neighbour arise from a heart of gratitude and commitment to his good Kingdom reign.

Muslims seek to earn forgiveness through good deeds and religious observances. However, there is no confidence that even diligent efforts will achieve the desired outcome of God’s forgiveness for sins.

The contrast is clear.

An Invitation to Prayer

If you are reading this and are a follower of Jesus Christ, then you, like me, have received the grace and mercy of God. We stand together on level ground at the foot of the cross, with thankful hearts full of joy for the freedom we have been given.

My prayer is that our hearts together are moved with compassion towards those who are not yet free—those whom Christ died for, but who do not yet know him. Those who are zealous to please God but have no confidence that their efforts will be accepted; no confidence in salvation; no rest in forgiveness; no experience of mercy and grace.

As Muslims enter a season of prayer and fasting during Ramadan, let’s also enter a season of prayer and fasting. For 30 years, around the world, Christians have set aside these 30 days of Ramadan to pray specifically for Muslims. I invite you to set aside this month as a season of prayer.

Prayer Resources for Ramadan

There are a variety of resources to support you in your prayers.

 2021 Canadian Ramadan Prayer Guide

  • Prayercast - Love Muslims Videos  is where you can subscribe to receive prayer videos focused on the Muslims world. There’s an amazing library of videos from previous years, so spend some time watching and praying. 
  • Loving Muslims Together Events -  is where you will find information about Night of Power prayer meetings held online across Canada towards the end of Ramadan. Join one and pray with others for light to shine in the darkness.
  • Pray for a Mosque Community - When Ramadan comes to an end, your prayers don’t have to. One of the opportunities that is available year-round is to pray for the mosque community nearest you. Wouldn’t it be amazing if God raised up people and churches to pray for every mosque in Canada? If you want to know more about this initiative check out Pray for a Mosque Community or contact us at info@lmtn.ca.

As Muslims make a concerted effort to pray, seeking God’s favor, let’s also, empowered by the Holy Spirit, make an equally concerted effort this month to labor in prayer, with tears and cries of petition, so that they too could stand on level ground with us at the foot of the cross and worship Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was slain.


Lorna Johnston is the Diaspora Ministries Leader at Outreach Canada. She leads two national teams--Loving Muslims Together (LMT) and Simply Mobilizing Canada (SMC). She works with teams of diverse and experienced leaders and ministries across Canada to alert and activate the church in Canada to the changing opportunities to engage God's mission right here in Canada.

 


LMT Events & Webinars

The Loving Muslims Together Network offers monthly prayer gatherings and webinars.

LMT Events & Webinars

The Loving Muslims Together Network offers monthly prayer gatherings and webinars.


Ramadan

Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting—a season where Muslims are more spiritually alert and diligent. It is also the month, where for over 30 years Christians around the world have prayed—persistently—that as Muslims practice the rituals of their faith, they would come into a living relationship with Jesus Christ the Messiah. 

Ramadan

Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting—a season where Muslims are more spiritually alert and diligent. It is also the month, where for over 30 years Christians around the world have prayed—persistently—that as Muslims practice the rituals of their faith, they would come into a living relationship with Jesus Christ the Messiah. 


Pray for a Mosque Community

Loving Muslims Together has a vision that each mosque across Canada would have at least one church praying regularly for their community.

Canada is home to an estimated 1.8 million Muslims. And there are 650 mosques across Canada, scattered in our neighbourhoods. It is likely that one of them is near you. You are strategically placed to love your neighbours.

 

Pray for a Mosque Community

Loving Muslims Together has a vision that each mosque across Canada would have at least one church praying regularly for their community.

Canada is home to an estimated 1.8 million Muslims. And there are 650 mosques across Canada, scattered in our neighbourhoods. It is likely that one of them is near you. You are strategically placed to love your neighbours.

 


Love in Action

How do we put our love into action?

Here are stories and practical articles, to encourage you and inspire you to love your Muslim neighbours.

Love in Action

How do we put our love into action?

Here are stories and practical articles, to encourage you and inspire you to love your Muslim neighbours.


Loving Muslims Together Blog Articles

A collection of stories, prayer articles and resources from Loving Muslims Together. 

Loving Muslims Together Blog Articles

A collection of stories, prayer articles and resources from Loving Muslims Together.