1.5 billion lost souls. That's 1,500 Million...that's MORE than the entire population of Europe and the USA combined.
The Muslim world is desperately in need of your prayers. Sometimes there is so much that needs to be done and prayed for it is overwhelming. When thinking about praying for the Muslim people I think of three areas: the lost, the believers, and the laborers.
Praying for Muslims
Wow - this can be a big area. I think first we must pray for their hearts to be softened to hear the Gospel. Muslims from birth are basically indoctrinated against Christianity. Pray that they will see God's true character. They do not understand a God of love Who wants a relationship with His children. Pray for them to saved. Pray for them not to fear what man can do, but what dying without Christ will do. Many Muslims do not get saved because of pressure from their family or community.
Praying for the believers.
Pray for them to grow. Pray for them not to fear. In Islamic countries, there can be much persecution against Christians. I know it varies from country to country and even area to area within those countries what that persecution is like. It can range from not being able to find work, having your family cast you out, or being arrested. Pray for God to grant them His peace and grace. Pray for them to be bold. I can tell you that one pastor in North Africa is one of the boldest witnesses for Christ I have ever met. It is a joy to see.
Pray for the laborers.
There are 168 million people in just 5 countries of Northern Africa. There are about 400 million in the Middle East. These areas need more laborers to take the Gospel message and plant churches. How shall they hear without a preacher?
*Just a quick additional thought: how about praying for ourselves? Let's pray God would let us see the Muslim people through His eyes. Pray that God would give us compassion in place of fear and prejudice.