Preparing for the Harvest
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May 5 - June 5, 2019
During Ramadan, the weekly prayer points sent out to our Pray4Turkey Community will center on the theme of preparing for the harvest in Turkey. We'll be praying together for a move of His Spirit to sweep across this land, for laborers to be sent out, for entire households to come to faith, and for His Church to multiply in this land!
JOIN THE PRAY4TURKEY COMMUNITY to pray with us this Ramadan and to receive ongoing prayer points for Turkey.
As we pray together, we want to cover each day of Ramadan this year with at least one person from our Pray4Turkey Community fasting & asking for the harvest to come in Turkey!
Download the Ramadan Prayer Calendar to pray daily this month for the coming harvest in Turkey!
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 Turkey, 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 that, people either just spend time with their families or go out and mix and mingle with friends until early into the morning.
Though many people in Turkey have stopped fasting in recent years, and lots of them are turned off by the hypocrisy and rudeness that is pervasive through the month, lots of people 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.