Weary of the fast
This year, the Islamic month of Ramadan began on June 6. Manufacturers produce colorful cloth used to decorate businesses and homes. Employers give bonuses and reduce work hours. Many people travel to break the daylight fast with their extended family. People give generously to the poor and practice hospitality with friends and neighbors.
As the month goes on, many grow increasingly weary of the fast, which forbids eating or drinking from daybreak until sunset. After breaking the fast at sundown, people stay up late. Then they wake before dawn to eat before the sun rises. Everyone participating in the fast becomes sleep deprived and dehydrated during the hot summer days.
Despite the hardship, Ramadan begins and ends on a celebratory note, because this is a special time to gain points toward the Day of Judgment when fates will be determined: Paradise or fire. Pray that people of this faith will become sensitive to the Holy Spirit and the Truth during this time of spiritual focus. Ask that they will recognize the weight of their sin, which no amount of good works can eradicate.