In Chad, this month can seem slow. The temperatures are rising and because no one is eating, a feeling of lethargy can set in because people are working slower. However, for many workers in Chad the spiritual battle is all the more thick. Increased religious devotion to a false god in a month like this, presents both a heightened weightiness AND an open door to engage with people who may be dissatisfied with the enormity of earning the favor of Allah. This is especially true, because no Muslim is assured of gaining Allah’s acceptance, even after a full month of rigid devotion.
So, how would the apostle Paul ask us to pray during Ramadan?
When Paul was around Islam did not exist, but many other religions did. In fact, the Mediterranean world, and Arabia to the east, were no less idolatrous than they are today. So, how did Paul pray?
In Paul’s letters, he asks for prayer, exhorts the churches to pray more, and then, the majority of time, he simply prays. Of the 42 times that Paul either prays or mentions prayer, only 7 of them are specifically related to praying for the unbeliever (Romans 10:1; Eph 6:18-20; Phil 1:19-20; Col. 4:2-4; 2 Thess. 3:1; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Phil 6).
So, here is what Paul prays most frequently, in relation to the unbeliever:
1. For the word of God to be heard
2. For boldness and courage to speak
3. For Christians to speak, proclaim and declare the gospel
4. For Christ to be honored in word and deed
5. Salvation for unbelievers, even kings
6. Clarity in speech for Christ