It was only a few months since Said had mentioned his dream of Jesus to a man at the mosque who spoke about the prophet. The man explained that Jesus was more than a prophet and invited Said to a late night meeting. Said went to these meetings regularly, and, just five weeks ago, he asked Jesus to become Lord of his life.
However, even before he left his house to secretly attend these Christian gatherings, his heart would tremble in fear. Radical Islamists had vowed to kill Christ followers, Muslims, and anyone in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Now it was Ramadan, and Said’s family were watching him carefully. They were suspicious of his lack of fervour for Islam. His brother had especially become more radical, even mentioning joining Daesh under his breath and, just last week, Said’s friend from the mosque had been killed by his own father for his faith in Jesus Christ.
Said was determined that he was ready to die for his faith, too. He knew people who had dreams of Jesus during the season of Ramadan. He must tell them that Jesus died to set them free from the violence of today’s Islam.
Indeed, Christ encounters Muslims in mosques, dreams, and visions, and many who come to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, this year will have questions about the true nature of God. They see the violence expressed by those who proclaim passion for Allah and their “correct” Islam and are repelled by it.
But too many still don’t know that the God they seek is Abba, Father, who draws them in love, not in violence.
- Pray for believers in the Muslim World, like Said, who courageously risk their lives to share their faith, knowing that they have found the “treasure worth keeping” in Christ.
- Pray that over this time of Ramadan, many Muslims will encounter Christ, and that His love and grace will triumph over the violence of radical Islam.
- Pray for countries, such as Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal to worship or even confess to be a Christian. Pray that those in government and Muslim leaders will, themselves, have life changing encounters with Christ and His Gospel of Truth.
2 Corinthians 4 vs 6: “ For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.“