We continue to pray for Ramadan through June 5th. For the rest of the month we will lift up the millions of Muslim refugees scattered among the nations.
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”
A profound comment on refugees is “No one chooses to be a refugee.” Just like Jesus and his family, they are torn from their homes by challenges such as war, famine and politics. They often leave behind horrible situations where their people are starving, oppressed or murdered.
This month we consider the many Muslims who did not get to celebrate Ramadan as usual, but instead found themselves in foreign and often unwanted environments.
- Pray for the practical needs of refugees such as food, shelter, community and jobs
- Pray that the great pain of displacement will bear much fruit in spiritual transformation
- Pray that the church near refugees will obey the Lord’s command to love and receive refugees
- Pray refugees will receive Jesus and become bold messengers of the Gospel when they return to their home nation