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How Did 30-Days Get Started?
Imagine a prayer meeting with just a handful of people. Imagine the same prayer meeting some years later which drew millions of people to pray for the Muslim world. 30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World is this prayer meeting!
The origin of this call to prayer and fasting for the Muslim world came about as a group of Christian leaders were praying about the Islamic world during a meeting in the Middle East in April 1992. God put a burden on the hearts of these men and women to call as many Christians as possible to pray for the Muslim world.
How Big is the Prayer Project, How Many People Or Countries Are Involved?
Today this event draws Christians worldwide to a united, global prayer meeting. The 30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World prayer guide is produced in many languages each Ramadan and distributed from regional offices around the world. Millions of Christians have joined together in prayer, across denominations, languages and cultures to pray for the Muslim world since we began. As a result, a wave of mission mobilisation and Muslim mission awareness is occurring across the globe.
This prayer event is planned to coincide with the Islamic month of Ramadan so that we, the Body of Christ, would get God’s heart for the Muslim world.
Ramadan is a great way to “pin” a prayer movement on something Christians can understand and relate to (literally a calendar month called Ramadan). When Christians hear in the media that Ramadan is coming, it reminds them to pray.
We have seen that Christians take the prayer more seriously as they see their Muslim neighbors fasting and active during Ramadan. Spiritually Christians can relate to Muslims better and pray and fast for the Muslim world because they are praying during Ramadan. Ramadan also gives Christians a good opportunity to make friends with Muslim neighbors.
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What Is 30-Days About? What Is The Purpose Of The Project?
Our purpose is to call Christians to pray for the Muslim world, specifically:
- for greater breakthroughs for the Gospel among Muslims,
- an increased commitment to prayer by Christians,
- and for more missionaries to be released to work among Muslims.
We do this by creating a 52 page Prayer Guide coinciding with Ramadan each year (first edition was 1993).
Below: Various Prayer Guide Front Covers (view all our covers on the Facebook page, just click the Timeline…)
How Do You Create The Prayer Guide?
Each year people work together to provide new information, statistics, stories and photographs for the 30-Days Muslim World Prayer Guide. Most of those who contribute are field workers currently working in unreached regions. Each person contributes a unique insight into the needs of the Muslim people they live and work among. They are certainly not scholars who have a distant understanding of Muslims, but rather a group of people who have a passionate love for those they serve.
The 30-Days International team is then responsible to put together the text, graphics, layout etc. and that in turn is released to the national teams to translate and print and distribute how ever they can.
(PS. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of each article, minor errors, usually spelling and grammar, often slip through even the most ardent of proof-readers. We appreciate your grace and forgiveness.)
What Is The Purpose of the Prayer Guide?
The purpose of this prayer guide is not to be comprehensive, but to motivate and inspire the reader to pray. Each article of the prayer guide contains enough content to provide a brief overview and up-to-date information. We strongly encourage our readers to seek further information in addition to this prayer guide. There are many excellent resources available, some of which are listed on our Links page.
Do You Have Stories About Muslims Saved During Ramadan?
MANY! We have many many testimonies, especially from our national offices. Often we hear of Muslims having had dreams of Jesus during Ramadan right after we have prayed for that country or people group. And, we have seen completely unreached people groups who now have Christians among them. Example: Brother Andrew of Open Doors Netherlands said publicly he believes this prayer ministry has opened doors to the Gospel where he travels.
Another wonderful testimony is that many Christian people contact us saying their hearts have been changed (positively) towards Muslims. Sometimes that leads to folk going on a missions trip, others reach out to their Muslim neighbors, still others commit to prayer.
(Each year in our Prayer Guide we print some special testimonies we receive.) But yes, a huge yes, that is one reason we keep doing this, the testimonies we receive encourage us that God is using this and answering the prayers of many. (See also the Testimonies section of our web-site.)
Is A Prayer Project Like This Dangerous For The People Creating It? Any Threats?
Yes, we have had threats and of course our people in Muslim countries have to be careful. Never-the-less, over the years we hear more and more that Muslims have come to respect what we do. They may not agree, but they respect our motto, “Loving Muslims Through Prayer.” Muslims have not found anything but love and respect for them, although they don’t want prayer to be saved by Jesus. Of course if a Muslim cleric somewhere gets upset with us, then problems can occur and have.
How Can People Take Action?
Our passion is to know God and to make Him known. Our focus is on praying for the unreached Muslim people groups. Our work is creating resources for Christians to pray.
Although 30-Days International is not a sending organization (we just create prayer resources), all of us behind this work are actively involved in mission somewhere in the world. As missionaries, we encourage you to pray and give. But also consider going! There is no greater joy then to bring the Gospel to lost and to help the poor and needy as well.
Will you pray? Will you promote 30-days? Will you change the world – God’s way?
Welcome to 30-Days of Prayer. Love Muslims Through Prayer
• The Muslim world is a challenge to Christians–especially since 9/11. We will not impact Muslims through our theological arguments or political manipulation, but we will through prayer. The annual 30 Day prayer emphasis that coincides with the Muslim month of Ramadan has been a remarkable global effort to focus millions of Christians on prayer for the spiritual needs of Muslims. Is it surprising, then, that during the many years of the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus there has been a corresponding rise in the number of Muslims turning to Christ? May God call many more as intercessor-priests (Rev 5-8) to change our world and extend His Kingdom!
Patrick Johnstone, WEC International, Author, Operation World
The history of the 30-Days of Prayer ministry reaches back to 1992. See the video: