Shia of Iraq and Beyond

(SHE-uh) – Ramadan, a monthlong period of fasting for Muslims, is coming this month. For several weeks now, Iraqi Shia have been preparing for this time of fasting with much excitement. They see it as their offering to Allah, a time to pray that their good deeds will be noticed by him and that they will one day be accepted into heaven. The rules of their beliefs hold Iraqis in bondage to their good works. Just as the children of Israel were rescued out of slavery from Egypt, pray that Iraqi Shia will be rescued from their sins by the only one who can save, Jesus. Leviticus 26:11-12 (ESV) says: “I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.” Pray that heaven will come down in the hearts of Iraqis as they are redeemed out of the darkness of sin. Ask the Holy Spirit to draw many Iraqis to Jesus and to dwell in their hearts. Pray for a number of Iraqis to become God’s people. May that number be multiplied in Iraq and beyond!