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What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is one of the five requirements (or pillars) of Islam. During each of its 30 days, Muslims are obligated to fast from dawn until sunset. During this time they are supposed to abstain from food, drinking liquids, smoking, and sexual relations.
In Tunisia, women typically spend the afternoons preparing a big meal. At sunset, families often gather to break the fast. Traditionally the families break the fast with a drink of water, then three dried date fruits, and a multi-course meal. After watching the new Ramadan TV series, men (and some women) go out to coffee shops where they drink coffee, and smoke with friends until late into the night.
Though many Tunisians have stopped fasting in recent years, and lots of Tunisians are turned off by the hypocrisy, increased crime rates, and rudeness that is pervasive through the month, lots of Tunisians become more serious about religion during this time. Many attend the evening prayer services and do the other ritual prayers. Some even read the entire Quran (about a tenth the length of the Bible). This sincere seeking makes it a strategic time for us to pray for them.
What is Ramadan?
Many Tunisians struggle to make ends meet as the economy continues to weaken. Young people seek to leave the country for better opportunities. The revolution that sparked the Arab Spring in 2011, bringing hope of progress and democratic freedom has left many disappointed and disillusioned. In the midst of all this, the Kingdom of God continues to advance. This Ramadan, would you join us in a journey through the book of Matthew and pray for the Kingdom to come in Tunisia as it is in heaven?
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May 5th Prayer: All Nations
Praise: Praise God for what you know of His goodness toward Tunisia and the ways He is revealing Himself to Tunisians.
Petition: With faith and confidence, we pray for the Gospel of the Kingdom to spread throughout the nation of Tunisia. We know it is not a question of ‘if’, but a question of ‘when’. Please Lord, let it happen in our generation.
Pray the Word: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
Petition: Pray for the lost, those who are devoutly fasting and those who are disillusioned with the hypocrisy, to find Jesus this Ramadan. Pray that more would have dreams and visions of Jesus.
Praise: Claim God’s promises that Tunisians will be around the throne. Some nominations:
• Genesis 12:1-4
• Matthew 24:14
• Revelation 7:9