His banqueting house
May 13, 2021
The culminating day of Ramadan, Eid ul-Fitr (Feast of breaking the fast), has already begun in some parts of the world. Under normal conditions, Eid prayer must be done in a large congregation in a mosque or other venue. For COVID times, the Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau has instructed Muslims to perform their prayers at home with their families and use technology to wish Happy Eid to others.
All in all, it has been a different Ramadan and not just because of COVID. One worker among Muslims reported that her Afghan and Iraqi friends welcomed her to come and visit them because they weren’t observing Ramadan this year. That gave her opportunities to ask them how, then, they were going to get to Paradise if they didn’t complete their fast and prayers. It was a perfect opportunity to tell them that Jesus did it all on the cross. Two other worker have found that, unlike other years, their Muslim friends are eager for contact, likely because they feel lonely and isolated, and ministry has been continuous.
We have prayed that this Ramadan, when Muslims heard the call to prayer, instead of hearing, “Come to success! Come to success!” they would hear “Come to Jesus! Come to Jesus!” Christians have been praying for decades for Muslims to have dreams and visions of Jesus, especially on Laylat al-Qadr (“Night of Power”) near the end of the fast. What if God has answered these prayers many times over in family members confined to their homes? What if they had watched Christian programming together on TV or the internet during the evenings when in other years they would have gone out or had visitors? What if this Eid celebration is the perfect time for families to talk about revelations of Jesus?
Let’s follow through on our prayers, believing that God has heard and answered! Let’s pray that this fast-breaking banquet of this Ramadan becomes one prepared by the Lord and in which He welcomes them to His banqueting table in His house.
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and His banner over me was love” (Song of Songs 2:4). As I was thinking over this verse, I could see in the Spirit the banner of love being held up on each side by Christians standing on chairs so the banner would be high enough to be seen.
• Pray that all the love Christians have poured out on Muslims through prayers and kind words and deeds would now come to fruition in their lives as the Spirit reveals that Jesus is proof of the Father’s love for them.
• Pray Christians would continue to excel in showing the Father’s love to Muslims.
“How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light” (Psalm 36:7-9).
• Pray Muslims will know that Yahweh regards them as precious and that His love doesn’t change according to their behavior.
• Pray they will see He is a safe refuge for them.
• Pray they will enjoy His generous hospitality.
• Pray their lives will be renewed in Him as they come and drink freely from the fountain of life.
• Pray they will see the “light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Co 4:6).