For the millions of Muslim people in East and Southeast Asia, the fasting month of Ramadan marks the time Muslims believe the Qur’an was first revealed to Muhammad. It’s a great time to pray for God to bless these Muslims and to pray that they would learn more about Jesus.
We invite you to pray with us through Ramadan with these daily prayer points.
Find out more about the Muslims of East and Southeast Asia on our Blessing Muslims page.
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Muslims are now eight days into Ramadan and are getting used to the new routine. Did you know that the meal that ends the fast at sunset is called Iftar? It is often shared with others. Pray for God to bless East and Southeast Asian Muslim families relationships as they spend time together each evening.
Did you know some Christians refer to Muslims as their Abrahamic cousins? This is because in Islamic history, Ishmael, Isaac’s half-brother, is a prophet and ancestor of Muhammad? Many Muslims believe the Tawrat (Pentateuch) is a holy book sent down by Allah as guidance and light. Pray that East and Southeast Asian Muslims might learn more about the common patriarchs in the Bible and Qur’an.
“You are the God who sees me,” was the name Hagar gave to God, when she fled from Sarai to the desert. (Genesis 16:13) Hagar, Ishmael’s mother is the only woman in the Bible who addresses God by a new name. Pray that as East and Southeast Asian Muslims will learn more of the God who sees them.
Many Muslims miss praying in community at their local mosques because of the ongoing pandemic restrictions. Instead they are saying their prayers in the intimacy of their homes. Let’s pray God will help Muslims maintain good ties with their friends and neighbors during this difficult time.
Did you know that the Subha is a string of 33 prayer beads used by devout Muslims to chant the ninety-nine beautiful names of Allah? Muhammad is quoted as saying “The Most High Allah has ninety-nine names and whoever enumerates them will enter into Paradise.” Isa al Massih (Jesus the Messiah) is honored as a prophet in the Qur’an. Pray Muslims learn more about his name.
In Revelation, the Bible reveals that in the new creation all cultures will be there. Ask God to help us think of all people as he does. ‘Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made’ (Jn 1:3). Pray for more pray-ers to pray God’s blessing over Muslims this Ramadan.
Did you know according to the Qur’an, the Ka’bah (House of God), the holiest site in Islam was originally built by Abraham and Ishmael. It sits at the center of the Great Mosque of Mecca, its location dictates the direction a Muslim must face as they perform their Salah, ritual prayers to get the best merit. Praise God for the Tawrat, the Muslim name for the Pentateuch. Pray that as the Muslims of East and Southeast Asia read it they will learn more of Abraham and his descendants.
In the Qur’an, Jesus is mentioned frequently, for example, ‘When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: “Now have I come to you with Wisdom […] therefore fear Allah and obey me.”’ (Sura 43:63). Pray that as East Asian Muslims read verses like this one that they will want to learn more about Jesus.
Many Muslims believe the ones who truly follow Islam are at perfect peace with themselves and others. Pray for God to be at work healing broken relationships and strengthening families and communities across East and Southeast Asia as Muslims celebrate the month-long fast together.
As dusk falls Muslims all around the world meet to break the fast together. Did you know it is a tradition to break the fast by sharing a few dates with others? These can be expensive. Pray for those Muslims in the East and Southeast Asian regions who don’t have enough to eat, that they experience God’s love and care for them through others who show love and compassion.
Did you know that completing the Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the five pillars of Islam? Doing it gives immense spiritual merit, yet many Muslims in East and Southeast Asia are not able to make the pilgrimage to Mecca owing to cost or pilgrim limits. Pray for those feeling disappointment to know God’s compassion.
Did you know that each time a Muslim performs their ritual prayers they recite the Fatihah? This prayer is the first chapter of the Qur’an and its seven verses are a prayer for the guidance and mercy of Allah. Since the Fatihah captures the essence of Islam it is often compared to the Lord’s Prayer. Pray that as the Muslims of East and Southeast Asia pray using the fatihah our Heavenly Father will be merciful to them.
Christ’s desire for closeness to his people is striking – ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ [Rom 15:13] Pray for local followers of Jesus living in Muslim communities in the East and Southeast Asian regions to display joy and peace in their relationships.
Up and down East and Southeast Asia many children in Muslim communities mark Ramadan by attending extra teaching at the mosque and starting to fast for part of the day. It is considered a great privilege to be old enough to fast. Pray that as Muslim children study Islam they will find out more about Isa, the Islamic name for Jesus in scriptures.
During Ramadan, long portions of the Qur’an are recited in tarawih, the especial extra evening prayers at the mosque. Isa, the Arabic name of Jesus, is honored in the Qur’an. Pray for those who have already had a long day to be able to listen well and want to learn more of Isa.
The month of Ramadan is time for Zakat giving, pray that those who do so do it cheerfully and generously. As we come towards the end of Ramadan pray that as Muslims receive their allocation that it would be a help to their families.
It’s a strong test of discipline to keep the fast during Ramadan. This is now the final week of Ramadan and Muslims all over East and Southeast Asia are looking forward to celebrating the end of the fast. The workload of preparing food in Ramadan is considered a privilege. Those who prepare it often rise very early to get the pre-dawn meal ready, before their normal working day and then later creating the special evening meal, Iftar. Ask God to help you pray for those who prepare food as they serve their families and communities in these final days of the fast.
Islam was carried into East and Southeast Asia by Muslim traders in the seventh century. Today there are many business people in Muslim communities around East Asia. While some businesses may open for reduced hours during Ramadan, there is still work to be done which may seem harder to those who are fasting. Employers may need an extra measure of patience in the fasting month. Pray for fasting workers and employers to be patient with one another in Ramadan.
Eid al-Fitr’ is the festival marking the end of Ramadan. Many people will buy new clothes or put on their best clothes for the festival, but for some this can be a challenge. Pray for those who may feel left on the edges of these festivals at the end of Ramadan, either because of their social position or financial circumstances.
“The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months” [Sura 97:3]. Muslims believe that on the night of power, Laylat-al-Qadr, the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is celebrated on one of the last ten days of Ramadan. Muslims often stay up all night praying as they believe prayers on that night are more powerful and the blessings from Allah are more abundant. Pray for Muslims in the East and Southeast Asian regions to have opportunities to learn more about Isa (Jesus) who is honoured in the Qu’ran.
Muslims are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan in a very different way to normal which may mean that they cannot be in community. Pray for patience and creativity through the extra hours spent in the home.
On the last day of the fast consider how Muslims have shown their devotion to Allah through fasting. Pray for local followers of Jesus to reflect on how they show their devotion to God.
Today is the great festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast. Families decorate their homes, prepare great feasts, new clothes are bought and worn and people visit their families. It’s a big celebration and after Ramadan ends many Muslims will try and keep up habits formed over the month. Ask God to help you keep praying his blessing on East and Southeast Asia’s Muslims beyond Ramadan.
We invite you to pray for Taiwan’s working class people, for just five minutes a day, for five days, for FIVE STRATEGIC AREAS. Your prayers will open doors in powerful ways, encourage believers, release strongholds and bring great glory to God.
Digital Prayer Guide
Despite its modern, high-tech cities and a veneer of Western influence, Taiwan is a deeply traditional society. The country’s 23 million people worship a pantheon of gods, spirits and ancestors. Only five percent know Jesus and worship God.
However, the majority working class population has an even greater need for gospel witness. Taiwan’s working class are laborers, drivers, shop workers, farmers, hairdressers, and small-business owners. Less than 0.5 percent of the 16 million working class people know Christ.
God desires to see working class families and communities living in the freedom of Christ. Pray with us for spiritual breakthrough among these unreached people in Taiwan.
Working Class Families
In Taiwan’s working class families, both parents work long hours in order to make ends meet. Due to parents’ lowerlevel education, jobs with more reasonable hours are not typically available to them. These extended absences, while often unavoidable, can be difficult for children, leading to an increased risk of delinquency. Alcohol dependence is also widespread among fathers, resulting in domestic violence.
Lord, we pray that children would come to know you as an ever-present father who watches over them and cares for them.
Lord, we ask that Taiwan’s fathers would have the strength to turn away from alcohol. Would they come to know Christ and find strength for life’s problems in him.
Lord, establish new traditions in Taiwan’s families that teach children to love and honor you instead of worshiping the spirits of their ancestors.
Lord, provide opportunities for Taiwan’s working class to hear the gospel. Prompt churches to accommodate the working class through ministries at their workplaces or Bible studies late at night.
Taiwanese women are increasingly well-educated and career-minded. They are reluctant to marry working class men who have poor social and financial prospects. As a result, working class men often marry women from Mainland China, Vietnam and Indonesia. Cultural differences can cause discord in these families and the divorce rate is high. Over 250,000 Indonesian women work as maids in Taiwan.
- Lord, open opportunities for Christians to build relationships with foreign women through helping them with language learning. Use these relationships to spark conversations about eternal things.
- Lord, we pray for Indonesian maids. Protect them, that they would not be taken advantage of, but instead be given the opportunity to make a living with dignified work and fair wages.
- Lord, we lift up the family dynamics of working class men and their foreign wives. May Taiwanese husbands serve and love their wives well.
Ancestor worship is an integral part of Taiwan’s culture. On the first and sixteenth days of the month, people burn incense and offer monetary sacrifices to appease the gods. The Taiwanese revere a multitude of gods, but Mazu is the main goddess for the island. Christianity is appealing to some Taiwanese people, but it’s hard for them to turn from ancestor worship and commit to Christ.
- Lord, we pray that Taiwanese people would embrace the free gift of Christ and realize that they do not need to work for their salvation.
- Lord, as Taiwanese people hear the good news of Christ, enable them to surrender their idols and turn to Jesus.
- Lord, we lift up Taiwanese Christians who struggle to follow you. Give them strength in facing temptation and help them live as lights for you.
Education and Society
The majority of Taiwanese students go on to higher education, but because Taiwan is still very much a service economy, many college graduates end up in working class jobs. Since the expense of raising and educating children is steep, numerous couples are choosing not to have children. As for social issues, Taiwan is the first country in Asia to grant same sex marriage status (as of May 24, 2017). The church is concerned about what children are being taught and how to take a stand for biblical marriages.
- Lord, we pray for diversification of Taiwan’s economy and industry, that better jobs would be available for the working class.
- Lord, we pray for government programs that help families care for their children and elderly family members.
- Lord, raise up godly men and women in Taiwan’s government. May the country’s laws honor you.
- Lord, we pray for wisdom for churches as they address difficult social issues. Help them not conform to public opinion, but rather preach the truth in love.
Approximately five percent of Taiwan’s population are Christians. Among the working class, only 0.5 percent profess faith in Christ. Believers are mainly concentrated in the bigger cities and tend to be highly educated, making it difficult for them to reach out to their working class neighbors. Partnerships with local churches in urban areas are crucial to seeing the church in Taiwan grow. Long-term teams are also needed in the southern parts of the country where there is much less gospel witness.
- Lord, we pray for spiritual breakthrough among the working class. May whole families and communities come to know you.
- Lord, raise up church leaders and pastors in Taiwan. Among church members, may there be good discipleship and a burden to disciple others.
- Lord, in big cities where there are large, vibrant churches, we pray for biblical teaching, effective lay training and active outreach to the working class.
- Lord, raise up local Taiwanese churches that have a burden to send missionaries to unreached areas of the country. Bless Christian workers who are already serving in these places, and use them mightily for your kingdom.
Is God drawing you to more focused prayer or involvement with the working class people of Taiwan?
Please consider these additional ways to nurture God’s love among these people:
Partner with what God is doing among Taiwan’s working class through prayer. Visit omf.org/thetaskunfinished for more information about prayer resources for Taiwan’s working class.
Mobilizing your community to join God’s work among Taiwan’s working class is a vital ministry. Will you encourage others to pray and serve?
Do you want to get more involved? Explore opportunities in church planting, ministry to the urban poor and marginalized, youth work and more.
Check out short-term programs and opportunites for long-term involvement by browsing opportunities.omf.org
What resonates in your heart? How do you want to get involved?