Pray for Dreams and Visions in December

“About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, ‘Cornelius!’” (Acts 10:3).

Zira was born into a very devout Muslim family. Her mother taught her to pray toward Mecca five times each day. She learned to submit to her father and brothers, knowing that by doing so she was honoring her family. When she was of age, she began covering her hair with a hijab, believing that modesty brought honor to her and her family. She fasted during Ramadan. She gave alms. By all accounts she was a good Muslim.

But she couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more. With every bow of her head to the ground, she questioned if this was what God truly wanted. She watched her family as they worked hard to fulfill the requirements set by their religion. She wondered why it was so important to please this God who seemingly didn’t want to know her. She continued in her piety but silently questioned the emptiness in her heart.

Those questions continued to plague her heart until one night she was wakened by someone saying her name. It wasn’t a voice she recognized. From the safety of her bed, she frantically searched for the source of the voice. Her eyes settled on a man standing at the foot of her bed. Startled, she froze knowing that if her family found this man in her room she would be punished. As she summoned her courage to look at the man who had entered her room, she first noticed that light seemed to emanate from within him. As he said her name again, she was overcome with a depth of love she had never known before. When this man revealed himself to be Jesus, she knew she would never be the same. She knew she would do anything to continue following him.

Every day Muslims around the world are experiencing visions and dreams. Jesus is calling Muslims to himself. Let us pray that the hearts of Muslims are open to the truth in these dreams and visions.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for Jesus to reveal himself to Muslims through dreams and visions.
  • Pray that Muslims will be open to receiving the message of Jesus through dreams and visions.
  • Pray for Christian workers to be in the lives of those experiencing dreams and visions to share the gospel with them.
  • Pray for Jesus to be glorified among Muslims.

Pray for Refugees

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.

Matthew 2:13-18

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.

Prayer points:

  • 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