Muslims and Christians use the same Arabic word for “fasting”. And similar to what we learned yesterday about prayer, the meanings are fundamentally different. Muslim fasting is rigidly defined as no food, water, sex, or smoking from dawn to dusk. Christian fasting takes on many more forms. Muslim fasting is enforced (or broadly promoted) in Muslim countries during Ramadan. Jesus taught, “But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret….” (Matthew 6:16-18). Today we pray for Muslims in Morocco to come across Jesus’ teaching about fasting in the Sermon on the Mount and be challenged to continue to investigate His teachings.
Each of us who comes to Christ must repent of and renounce every pact, promise, or identity we held before faith in Christ. Join us in praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ from a Muslim background as they repent of their former identity as Muslims. This prayer is inspired by chapter 7 and 8 of Liberty to the Captives by Mark Durie
The cross destroys Satan’s power and draws us to freedom in Christ. “Now the prince of this world will be driven out, but I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:31-32).
Pray for believers, especially those from a Muslim background, in Morocco to be drawn to Jesus and repent of fear that comes from the prince of this world.
“Jesus replied, ‘This kind can be cast out only by prayer and fasting’” (Mark 9:29).
Ask the Lord for the church in Morocco to rediscover the ancient practice of fasting.
Ask Him for new spiritual authority and power to be released as movement practitioners fast and pray.
Pray for intentional, generous, and effective sharing between near culture ministries that are pursuing and progressing toward movement.
Oh Jesus! Help your apprentices in Morocco be more like you, living with a sense of purpose and urgency to preach the Good News in still other places. Give us the grace to share your Gospel daily. Keep us, Lord, from being bogged down by busyness and programs that you’re not asking us to steward. Liberate our time, our attention, and our energy so that we –like you – would proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom in all communities throughout Morocco.
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