Beginning June 28, 2014, and running for thirty days until July 27, 2014, 1.6 billion Moslems will celebrate Ramadan. During Ramadan, Moslems set aside time to seek their god by abstaining from earthly pleasures. Moslems will pursue the cleansing of their souls through fasting from sunrise to sunset, and refrain from bad habits. During this time, God will move in the lives of millions of Moslems to introduce His Son, Jesus, as their Lord and Savior. Today, the Moslem world is in great chaos, and Christians are being martyred daily throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Missiologists tell us that today four of every five Moslems, or 20 percent of the world’s population, have never heard a clear presentation of the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ. Further, it is estimated that no more than ten percent of Christian missionaries work among Moslems, and I have seen some estimates as low as 1 percent of missionaries work among Moslems. This means that there is approximately one missionary for every 1 million Moslems.
The Lord Jesus is revealing Himself throughout the Middle East and North Africa through dreams, visions, and miracles, as well as through television. As one prime example, Father Zakaria Botros, a Coptic priest from Egypt, has a ninety-minute, Arabic-language television program that combines preaching and teaching, along with answering questions from often irate callers from all over the world. His daily television audience is estimated to be more than fifty million, and his program is viewed in every country of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, as well as other parts of the world. As a result, because of God’s great love for Moslems, more Moslems have become followers of Jesus Christ in the past several decades than in the previous 13 centuries. I have been reading a fascinating book by Tom Doyle, entitled Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? This book reads as a modern-day version of the Book of Acts of the Apostles, and I commend this book to you to understand more fully what God is doing in the Moslem world today. There are credible reports that hundreds of former sheikhs and imams are now Christ followers, and are leading many out of Islam. There are also cases of entire mosques coming to faith in the Lord Jesus. Many of these imams and sheikhs are the new Christian leaders in the Middle East and North Africa with tens of thousands of Moslem-background Christian believers. I have personally corresponded with and encouraged more than one dozen Moslem-background Christian believers in the past year from around the world. Areas of the Moslem world that have never had one church before now have dozens that were started in the past several years. As one can expect, the formerly-Moslem Christian believers are severely persecuted. But despite great persecution, imprisonment, and martyrdom, with many others losing their homes and loved ones, these new Christians boldly serve our Lord Jesus. They have truly counted the cost, and know the pearl of great price of their newfound faith. I encourage all of us to pray during this month of Ramadan for God’s Holy Spirit to be poured out throughout Moslem lands. A number of Christian organizations will offer guided prayers during this time. As two examples, www.prayercast.com will offer a daily prayer journey through the Moslem world during this month. Open Doors, the Christian organization involved in ministering to the persecuted church around the world, offers a 30-day Ramadan prayer guide, which you can find here. God is doing great and miraculous things throughout the world today, and I encourage each of us to pray for our Moslem friends and neighbors, as well as those around the world, during Ramadan. As we pray, let us ask God to shatter the deception of Islam with the presence and truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.