2020 Ramadan Prayer Guide & Calendar
April 23 – March 23, 2020
This morning marked the start of Ramadan, the annual 30 days of fasting by Muslims around the world. This morning, 1.8 billion men, women, and children started their day worshipping a false god — hoping and praying they can somehow earn the favor of Allah. Muslims will fast from sunrise to sunset for the next 30 days, asking Allah to reveal himself.
“The focus of this month (Ramadan) is not primarily abstinence or fasting but a concentration of a Muslim’s energy and mind on an awareness of God and on the life of pious worship.”Mike Edens
Download our 2020 Ramadan Prayer Calendar to learn how to pray for Muslims in North America and around the world.
What does Ramadan have to do with Christianity?
- Ramadan is a prime time to have spiritual conversations with Muslims. As Christians, we have the ability to exhibit true love toward followers of Islam. Most Muslims are very sincere in their faith, and simply want to better worship and honor Allah. So, pray and prepare yourself to engage Muslims around you with humility, friendship, and confident faith in the risen Christ.
- Islam is growing worldwide, specifically in North America. In 2016, there were 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States. By 2050, that number is expected to double. Rejoice that God is bringing unreached people groups to our neighborhoods! Jesus is working His plan to bring some of them to saving faith in Him. Invest time learning their culture and perspective.
- Muslims are created in the image of God. “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). The triune God of the universe purposed in His heart to create man in His own image, and He has set about on a rescue plan that involves His children carrying the Gospel across all types of cultural barriers. Christ has broken down all dividing walls, but we must take the message of Jesus to them! (Romans 10:8-17).
“Do you have a strong desire to be around your unbelieving Muslim friends and neighbors on an ongoing basis? If not, then ask God, who desires for all people to come to salvation (1 Tim 2:1–5; 2 Pet 3:9), to place his desires in your heart so that your desire (Ps 37:4) will be to see unbelievers have an encounter with the gospel that results in faith in Christ.”D.A. Horton
“And they sang a new song, saying,
‘Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.’” (Revelation 5:9–10)
What can you expect from Snowbird this month?
Look for a weekly Ramadan post (each Sunday) with content that will equip you to pray for Muslims in your community. Snowbird pastors, missionaries, and former staff have joined in to provide a well-rounded perspective of what it looks like to love and engage Muslims with the Gospel.
Engaging people in personal evangelism is more difficult now, but we still have access to speak with our Creator on their behalf—and He loves Muslims more than you or I could ever imagine. At the very least, spend these 30 days of Ramadan by praying for Muslims in your community. Download the SWO Ramadan Prayer Calendar and save it to your phone (or stick it in your Bible).
Expect basic info on the history of Islamic beliefs, personal stories, daily prayer points, and practical tips for authentically engaging Muslims. Our goal is to help “present everyone mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:27-29). Mature Christians who abide in Jesus daily, and know His Word, will have everything they need to engage Muslim neighbors with the Gospel. This is our goal.
Where do we start?
- Pray daily. – Pray that God will open the eyes of Muslims to see Jesus as who He really is. Set aside time at either sunrise or sunset, and invest time pleading for the Holy Spirit to draw Muslims to salvation — both here and overseas. Pray for opportunities to meet Muslims in your area that can lead to deep, long-term relationships.
- Fast weekly. – Choose a day each week that you can fast along with Muslims. After all, it’s not merely an Islamic thing. Rather than fasting to please God, fast to worship God and to keep the lostness of the Islamic world in the forefront of your mind.
- Introduce yourself, and begin a friendship. – This will be more difficult to accomplish because of the COVID-19 regulations right now. However, pray for opportunities to interact with Muslims, and anticipate that God will answer your prayer and place people in your path. Even if this means using digital communication tools, commit yourself to genuinely learning their story, and offer to pray for them during Ramadan. Love them with the genuine love of Jesus, and they will be open to hearing the stories of Jesus.
- Read the gospel accounts. – This is the perfect time to refresh yourself on the stories, parables, miracles, and teachings of Jesus. Pick one of the four gospel accounts and read it straight through this month. Make sure the words of Christ are on your mind and heart so that you can naturally share them when given the opportunity.
Here are some introductory resources:
We always recommend building personal friendships with Muslims as a way to learn more about Islam and the beliefs of Muslims. However, in the midst of Coronavirus, some reading, watching, and research can go a long way!
- Islam 101 (podcast) – Desiring God podcast (with Zane Pratt)
- Do You Know the Basics of Islam? (article) – Rachel Cohen
- The Story and Spread of Islam (article) – Madeline Arthington
If you want to invest in some deep learning on what Muslims believe, check out our list of books, sermons, podcasts, and videos:
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