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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pray for Muslims

Today is what Muslims call "The Night of Power". They believe that this was when Mohammed received his instructions that became the Qur'an and this is in the last few days of Ramadan, a time of fasting and prayer. I do find their form of fasting strange. They do not eat during daylight but they do after sundown; causing many Arabic nations to consume more food during Ramadan than any other month of the year.

In the original story of Mohammed gaining his revelation, a being claiming to be the angel Gabriel appeared before Mohammed in a way that was scared him so much he ran out of the cave. The being grew to be about 50 feet tall and chased him then held him in a tight squeeze yelling at him to "DECLARE!"

This is a dramatically different from the Gabriel we meet in the New Testament appearing before a young Mary. This being said "Do not be afraid." He also said the same to Daniel when he was scared in the presence of this angel.

I think that this being claiming to be Gabriel in front of Mohammed was not Gabriel. The two beings speak and act very differently.

Many of them take this night to read the Qur'an and pray. They believe that Allah (the only word for God in the Arabic language) is more willing to grant miracles on this night than any other.

Won't you join me in praying for them? What if tonight, instead of experiencing a legalistic being that uses fear, they experienced Jesus Christ with His forgiveness and grace?

Pray that in these last days of fasting they would find hope, peace, that Jesus would reveal Himself to them.

Also, keep the Iraqi Christians in your prayers. Pray for wisdom and strength for them as they are under extra persecution from ISIS. Pray that key leaders of ISIS would leave Islam and follow Jesus (I like to pray that they would have a 'Saul to Paul change').

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