Shia of Iraq and Beyond

(SHE-uh) – Ramadan will be coming to a close this month. For Muslims, it has meant 30 days of abstaining from food and drink from dawn until sunset, special times of prayer, an abundance of good deeds, and crying out for mercy. Eid al-Fitr, a two-day festival of celebrating the breaking of the Ramadan fast, will be a time for families to come together in community prayer, feasting, and gifts for children. With all of the striving to please Allah, Iraqis wonder deep down if their good works are enough to earn them entrance into heaven. Pray for Iraqi Shia to truly hunger to know God. Pray Zephaniah 3:12 (ESV) for this people group: “But I will leave in your midst a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD.” Ask the Spirit of God to convict the hearts of Iraqis of their sin, and pray that they will humble themselves, leading to repentance. May they seek out the truth of who Jesus Christ is and find refuge in Him. Finally, pray that “the name of the LORD” will spread throughout all of Iraq as believers make Him known.