Ramadan prayer – Indonesia
Each weekend, we’ll be posting some prayer points focused on several countries with the largest Muslim populations. Ultimately, it is most helpful for us to view the world in terms of individual people groups—so don’t lose that perspective while praying over the nations. As you pray for Muslims, missions, and Christians in these countries, ask the Lord to burden your heart for longer than just this day. The world is larger than America. The Church is bigger than American Christianity. May we forever keep our eyes turned toward Christ and His mission to rescue people from every tribe and tongue.
Summary of Indonesia
Islam began in Saudi Arabia, but it traveled via trade routes to Indonesia nearly 1,100 years ago. According to the International Mission Board (IMB), there are now over 220 million Indonesian Muslims. Now, there is enormous pressure for families and individuals to keep hold of their Muslim identity, even when it is mixed with witchcraft and all sorts of indigenous religious practices. The monotheism of Islam is often traded for traditional gods for practical reasons. Daily pressures of tradition and family pull individuals in all sorts of spiritual directions.
Indonesian Muslims practice the 5 Pillars that include Ramadan fasting and the five daily prayers, but their Islam looks vastly different than it’s Middle East origins. By God’s grace, there are Christians in Indonesia. And, there are missionary teams equipping local believers to plant more churches. The progress is sometimes slow, but Jesus is working in the hearts of our Indonesian brothers and sisters to push back against persecution and cultural barriers with the message of the Gospel.
Population: 253,609,643 (July 2014 est.)
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Main religions: Islam (more than 80%), Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism
Muslims – There are many Muslims in Indonesia that do not follow Islam from personal conviction, but merely out of familial and cultural pressures. Pray for all Muslims in Indonesia. Ask the Holy Spirit to give them a real understanding of personal sin and a new interest in knowing the truth of who Jesus is. Like everyone else, they are searching for peace—let’s pray they find the Prince of Peace.
Christians – Ask the Lord to build up the Indonesian church through an unwavering trust in His Word. Pray that they would rest in Christ deeply, and trust one another in ways that create strong unity among the body of Christ. They already face persecution in various ways, so pray they will remember the glory of Christ is worth suffering in this world.
Missionaries – Pray for boldness among missionary teams in Indonesia. They have many conversations with nationals who believe in the message of Jesus but don’t want to publicly follow Christ. Ask the Lord to give missionaries endurance, love, and boldness to call people to repent and trust Jesus with complete faith.
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.” (Philippians 1:27–30)
The Largest Muslim County is Not in the Middle East – Rosemary Brackey (IMB)
*Facts were retrieved from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.