“Clap your hands, all [Moroccan] peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!” (Psalm 47:1)
PRAY WITH CULTURAL INSIGHT
“My name is Abdullah, and I am a follower of Jesus. This Ramadan as I watch my people work for God’s favor and forgiveness, I remember what it felt like before I came to know the love and grace of Jesus. I worked so hard along with everyone else. But all the while, I wondered, ‘Will God accept me?’ There was never any assurance that He would. It always felt hopeless because in the back of my mind I would think, ‘How can any one person do everything right?’ I was taught that gaining God’s favor was up to me and it was beginning to be more than I could bear! Then, I met Jesus and I learned that His love already belonged to me and His forgiveness was a gift to me through faith in Him. I want my people to know that Jesus has already forgiven and saved them. Pray for me and believers like me. Pray that we would be bold and wise as we extend the confidence and assurance of the hope we have in Jesus to those around us this Ramadan.”
Pray that God would pour out on believers like Abdullah the gift of faith and boldness. Hebrews 11:1 “Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
PRAY THE BOOK OF ACTS
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)
Many Muslims think that Christians have an ‘easier religion’ because of misunderstanding the Gospel of grace through Christ Jesus. We pray for every believer in Morocco’s holiness to shine forth and for many to be drawn to Jesus through the authentic witness of Christ in His disciples. May Moroccan believers embrace the spiritual disciplines that bring life and maturity with joy, and may their Muslim communities see the life transformation that these result in.
PRAY FOR SATURATION
Frequently situations in the natural world represent those in the spiritual realm. This winter, which is usually the rainy season has been unusually dry. This is a huge problem for farmers and results in a lack of crops and the raising of food prices. In the news recently, there was an image of Muslims praying in front of a mosque and the title said, “Moroccans pray for rain.” The land and the people here desperately need rain, both physical and especially spiritual. In the same way that Elijah prayed for rain after 3 years of drought and it came, we have the same authority from the God who made the heavens and the earth, to pray for rain upon the land. May the Almighty open the floodgates of heaven as we cry out to Him in prayer for this nation!
Pray for rain! Pray for physical rain upon Morocco so that crops will flourish and the economy can prosper. More importantly, pray for spiritual rain and for Isaiah 41:18 to come to pass in this nation. “I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.”
God, Rain-Maker, we worship You, because You know our needs and You provide…
“Let It Rain” by Michael W. Smith