July 17 marked the end of Ramadan and the conclusion of the 30 Days of prayer for the Muslim world. A little over 23% of the world’s population self-identify as Muslim. Most of those 1.6 billion people live in Asia. Less than 1% of them live here in the U.S. Only 20% live in the Middle East and North Africa.
Most of these facts and figures are widely known. What isn’t widely known is that in the last twenty years, there have been large movements of Muslims turning from Islam to faith in Christ. According to World Christian (a YWAM group), a movement involves 1,000 or more people. Christian Missionaries around the world are reporting conversions to Christ in numbers never seen before. This increase is happening at the same time as an increased effort among Christians to pray for the Muslim world.
So now that Ramadan is over and the 30 Days of Prayer is over too, what’s next? Here are 3 suggestions:
Pray for Muslims
Pray for Muslims in your own community and around the world. Pray for missionaries who are living among Muslims in other countries and pray that God would raise up more witnesses for Jesus among Muslims.
Build relationships with Muslims
Build relationships with Muslims in your own community. Many Muslims have moved here to Bellevue and the Eastside because work brought them here. Others have come seeking safety for their families from the political turmoil and violence in their own countries. One of the best ways to show the love of Jesus is to welcome them and help them transition to life here.
Romans 10:14 asks us, “How then can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? God is moving in unprecedented ways among Muslims in North Africa and the Middle East. Might God be calling you to be one of His workers for this great harvest?
Do you have other ideas for how to follow up with the 30 Days of Prayer? Please let us know, or send this to someone you think would be interested.