Muslim focused prayer campaign aimed to extinguish fear and hate
By Logos Post News Desk
As terrorist strikes fuel anti-Muslim sentiments in many parts of the world, tens of thousands of American Christians are joining a movement seeking to replace fear and hate with faith and love.
Christians around the world are invited to take part in the annual worldwide 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World focus which will see millions of Christians globally praying May 27 to through June 25 for followers of Islam to come to know Jesus Christ.
Organized to coincide with Ramadan, one of the high points of the Muslim calendar during which adherents fast as a mark of their devotion, the event aims to raise awareness of and encourage new efforts to reach out to Muslims "around the world and across the street."
"Prayer expands our ability to love," said Paul Filidis, North American coordinator for the prayer effort. "As you pray for people, you can't help but get God's perspective and his heart for them, which is very different from the fear, anger or even hate that is so easily incited when only focusing on the actions of extremists."
Around 100,000 copies of this year's daily prayer guide--in adult and children's editions--are being distributed in the United States and Canada by WorldChristian.com, something they have done annually since 1993. Also available in digital form, the full-color 30-day prayer guide features a specific issue or area of the Muslim world for each day, helping participants gain a better understanding of Muslims and providing pointers for prayer.
The important part according to World Christian is the emphasis on praying for Muslims, not praying against them.
According to missions strategist David Garrison, author of A Wind in the House of Islam, "We are in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in 14 centuries." Most has occurred in the last 30 years--"a time period that coincides with the modern prayer movement for Muslims." At its heart is the 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World initiative, he says.
By taking part in the prayer focus, Christians will be "joining the Holy Spirit's work in drawing Muslims to Christ," says John Stonestreet, president of The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. "Every church should be wrestling with how God might have them reach out to and pray for Muslims around the world and in their communities."
The prayer focus is organized to coincide with Ramadan because it is a time when many Muslims are much more aware of spiritual matters, said Filidis. "Being part of 30 Days is a way to address the fear, anger and even hatred that is so easily evoked--even in Christian hearts and minds--by today's news headlines."