But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, – Galatians 5:22
Day 27: Self-Control
The idea of self-control is demonstrated by Muslims on the 27th day of Ramadan, when Muslims celebrate the night that they believe the Quran was first revealed to Mohammad. Most Muslims regard this as the most important event in history. Throughout the night called Lailat al Qadr, or “Night of Power,” devout Muslims honor God by praying or reciting the Quran. Seeking truth and forgiveness at this time is considered, according to the Quran, to be better than a thousand months, and that on this night angels descend to earth.
Bangladesh – Once a devoted Muslim and the first believer in the family, Roton’s father searched the Quran for stories about Jesus. When he became blind he asked young Roton to read to him. “In the beginning, I was reading for my father. But after a few days, I realized that I was becoming more curious to find the truth myself. Because of the witness of the Quran, I found myself believing in Jesus and became a Christian,” Roton testified.
As a new believer he wanted to know much more. It was late one night, after seven hours of travel, that a muddy, hungry Roton finally made it to a secluded campsite on the outskirts of Dhaka for the Muslim Background Believer (MBB) youth training, sponsored by Open Doors. He was exhausted but told the group, “I am so happy to be at this youth camp. I now see that I am not alone!”
Over the month of August, Open Doors ministry has a special mission they are encouraging all to partake in. “During the month of Ramadan, from August 1-30, 2011, Open Doors is calling on Christians in the West to pray for Christians living in Islamic dominated countries… praying specifically for God to fill and strengthen them with the ‘Fruit of the Spirit.’ This ‘fruit’ embodied in each believer; molds, shapes and transforms us – expressing the image of His Son. And through this image, shining through a believer, God draws people to salvation.”
I signed up for their daily prayer emails for this mission. Each day, they send an account of a Christian who is living in Islamic-dominated countries. I pray this will help us to remember to pray for those who are ministering to hearts in foreign countries with the gospel.
“Open Doors works in the world’s most oppressive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these dark places. Open Doors empowers persecuted Christians by supplying Bibles, training Christian leaders, developing Christian communities and ensuring prayer, presence and advocacy for these suffering believers.” (www.OpenDoorsUSA.org)