Ramadan Prayer: Turkey
Turkey is located between Greece and Syria and is geographically considered a part of Europe. However modern it desires to be, the country is dominated by Muslim culture among the Turks. Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from a section of the defeated Ottoman Empire. Since then, there have been significant periods of political and social unrest involving several military coups and other upheavals. The most recent coup occurred in July 2016 and resulted in 240 deaths and 2,000 injured citizens. In 2018, the nation settled down enough to hold presidential and parliamentary elections and officially established a democratic government.
The area of Turkey covers much of the towns described in Acts as part of Paul’s missionary journeys. Historic Turkey is no stranger to Christianity, but modern Turkey is now 96 percent Muslim. Only 0.04 percent claim to be Evangelical Christian, and the growth of the Gospel is slow. Forty-five unreached people groups are in need of significantly more Christian witness among them.
Turkey maintains a literacy rate of 96 percent and boasts a semi-stable free market economy. Political turmoil and continual unrest among the Turks and Kurds in the southeast have limited economic growth. 75 percent of the population lives in urban areas, and this is growing steadily each year. This is a country combines the tradition and culture of Islamic culture from the Middle East and modern developments from its European neighbors.
Population: 81,257,239 (July 2018 est.)
Language: Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages
Main religions: Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)
Muslims – The average Turkish man, woman, and child are simply living life as best they can in an unsettled region. Their families have been defined by Muslim beliefs for many generations. Pray that God will send missionaries to Turkey who will learn to build long-term relationships with the people. Ask Him to draw Muslims through visions and dreams during these final days of Ramadan, and that they will realize the futility of fasting before a demonic god. Pray that they will desire to learn more about who Jesus is, and what the Bible teaches about Jesus as the Son of God and atonement for our sins.
Christians – Pray that the Lord would embolden Turkish Christians to build close relationships with their friends and family so that they will have opportunities to point them to the hope they’ve found in Jesus as the Son of God. Ask the Lord to help Turkish believers grow and pursue biblical community in a nation closed to Christianity. Pray that they will learn to trust one another as brothers as sisters and that the Holy Spirit would use this visible love of the body to proclaim the glory of Jesus — and draw the people of Turkey to repent and believe in Jesus as the only Way, the only Truth, and the only LIfe.
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Turkey – Joshua Project
*Facts included were retrieved from the CIA World Factbook.