Night of Power
The room is darkened, only lit by the warm glow of candlelight. There are soft, rich rugs, and large comfortable pillows scattered about. And all around the room, people, with eyes closed, simply praying.
It’s Laylat al Qadr, known as the Night of Decree, or Night of Power. It’s the 27th day of Ramadan, and Muslims all over the world will stay up late into the night, asking God to hear them, forgive them, and reveal himself to them like they believe he did their prophet Muhammad.
But on this night, the dark room lit by candlelight is not filled with Muslims. This is a Christian congregation, and they are praying for 6 hours, until Midnight, for Muslims around the world. This is Savannah Christian Church, in Savannah, GA, and they set this time aside every year to pray for the 1.5 billion Muslims all over the world.
It is said that no one can know when Laylat al Qadr takes place, only that it is sometime during the last 10 days of Ramadan. Muhammad said that prayers and good deeds done on this night were worth the reward of 1,000 months worth of worship to Allah. That’s more than 83 years worth of continuous worship. This they hope will earn them much rewrd with Allah, and a lot of good to balance out the bad on the mizan (weighing scale). They also believe that Allah will make decisions about everyone’s future on that night. So the very devout Muslims will spend the last 10 days of Ramadan in earnest prayers, asking Allah to hear and forgive them. Traditionally though it is celebrated by the majority of Muslims on the 27th day of Ramadan.
Laylat al Qadr begins Monday evening. As we join in prayer today and tomorrow, with churches like Savannah Christian, we want to use a lot of scripture, in order to break down spiritual strongholds and trust God to do some miraculous things!
Ask God to build His church throughout Asia and the Middle East. Build it solid and don’t let Satan prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means rock), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
Pray that many Muslims will turn to the Lord so their veil will be removed. II Corinthians 3:16 but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
Ask God to turn them from darkness to light. Acts 26:18 open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
Ask God to bind up the spiritual forces that hold so many captive in Islam. Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ask God to rescue 1.5 Billion people from spiritual slavery. Colossians 1:13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves
Pray that many Muslims read the scriptures and see Wonderful things. Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.
Ask God to reveal to them their sins and their need for a Savior. I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Ask God for a “Road to Damascus” moment for Muslims ALL OVER the world. May Jesus reveal himself to them and lead them to believers who can show them truth. Acts 9:3-6 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”