It was nearly 1,400 years ago that a young Arab man, disillusioned with the injustice of society and the ever-present idolatry around him, decided he needed to get away. He would make a practice of meditating in a cave in the hills near his hometown of Mecca (in modern-day Saudi Arabia).
He was Muhammad, and on one particular night he had an encounter he didn’t expect. Later, Muhammad recalled how an angel appeared to him, giving him the first of the revelations that would eventually come to be known as the Quran.
Laylat al-Qadr, also known as the “Night of Power”, is the commemoration of this night. It’s a time so special and sacred to Muslims around the world that they will take on great tasks, such as praying throughout the night, reading the entire Quran or even living in the mosque for days at a time.
Muslims believe that worship on Laylat al-Qadr is more valuable than a thousand months of regular worship, and also that God decrees one’s destiny for the coming year during this time.
On a night when hearts and minds are focused on pleasing God, we can gather around the throne of grace and ask the Lord to make Jesus known to them.
WAYS TO PRAY
- Muslims are seeking God for revelation on this night. Pray that Jesus will reveal Himself in supernatural ways.
- Pray that Christians in Muslim communities will boldly share the good news of salvation at this time when their friends are more mindful of their sin and shortcomings.
- Pray for Muslims who are shifting in their faith, trying to decide what they believe and who they should follow, that the Way, the Truth and the Life will be clear to them. (John 14:6)