A week before the Feast
Eid El Adha (a.k.a. Eid El K’bir) – the Feast of the Sacrifice will take place next week.
The sociocultural significance of this feast day precedes its spiritual weight; at least as it is generally practiced by most Moroccans today. The “Eid” is a time of strengthening familial bonds and enacting a tradition that reinforces the roots that hold a community together. It is more about celebrating a shared identity as Muslims (first) and Moroccans (second).
As the blood of the sacrificed animals streams down roofs and lanes, there is almost a sense of relief for having perpetuated a tradition, more so than a remembrance of God providing a sacrifice for Abraham. Cultural pressure often cloud over spiritual anticipation as folks prepare for the celebrations – not unlike Christmas in the West!
All of the above is stated in very broad terms, and by no means apply to all Moroccos; but it gives an idea of how to pray the Living Word of God over this significant religious holiday .
Let us raise up a resounding call over Morocco and Moroccans worldwide – “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!”
May this declaration cover the land like a canopy,
and may it do a work at the root level; cutting off lies and shaking up complacency.
May the Spirit of God that testify to Jesus envelop Morocco this week and beyond.
“[regarding Abraham] No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20
Pray for Moroccan followers of Jesus who, like Abraham, have been waiting on the Lord for a long time for promises to be fulfilled.
May they be blessed with strength to remain firm in faith, and may they become more and more convinced of God’s goodness and power as they wait.
For those who have wavered, pray for grace to wash over them. May they know Father’s beckoning voice, calling them Home again.
Stewards of the land
This headline from a news article published on July 20 says it all: “Morocco’s litter-strewn beaches kick up a stink”
Morocco is blessed with great natural beauty that is celebrated and enjoyed by many. However, eco-friendly practices are not yet widespread.
Praise God for many good beginnings in improving public cleanliness and care for the environment. May all those involved be encouraged in their endeavours.
Pray for the beaches, mountains, fields, and deserts of Morocco to be cared for as God’s glorious and precious creation. May the growing church play a part in advocating for creation care.
As eyes and hearts become open to God’s truth, may they also become in awe of God’s beauty. May this bring about new vision and momentum for creation care.
Ripples of unrest in the Rif region
A Reuters news article from July 15 states:
“… Carrying pictures of the detained activists and waving Berber blue, green, yellow and red flags, demonstrators chanted ‘Freedom, dignity and social justice.’ ‘Long live the Rif,’ [*northern Berber region of Morocco] and ‘The people want immediate release of Rif detainees.’ In June, a court in Casablanca sentenced 39 people, including protest leader Nasser Zefzafi, to terms of up to 20 years in jail in connection with a protest movement that shook Morocco in late 2016 and early 2017. The protests erupted after a fishmonger was crushed inside a rubbish truck while trying to recover fish confiscated by police in the northern city of Al-Hoceima in October 2016. Detainees and their families had called for Sunday’s march, which brought together Berber (Amazigh) groups, leftist opposition parties, human rights groups and the banned Islamist movement Al-Adl wal-Ihsan…” (Link to full article)
Pray for the presence and power of Jesus to bring about Kingdom breakthrough in the midst of political turmoil.
In the victorious name of Jesus, may the doors towards positive change and justice be opened. May the doors towards oppression and destructive change be closed.
Declare this truth from Jesus’ heart over the Rif: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Forgive our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Pray for the light and love of Christ to dig deep wells of forgiveness in the hearts of Moroccans, especially Moroccan believers. By the power of Jesus, may relationships be restored, and unity be strengthened.
Let’s pray for Father to release fresh endurance, childlike confidence and tenacious joy over the Body of Christ in Morocco! Sing/dance/march along to this song as you feel led.
After Ramadan, exams
While baccalaureate exams took place before Ramadan, many middle school, high school and university students will be sitting exams this week.
- May the Lord release wisdom, confidence, peace and great hope over these young ones.
- May many of these students encounter Jesus supernaturally as they cry out to God for help. May pressures and stresses lift as they experience God’s presence.
- Pray especially for students who will be preparing for exams under difficult conditions at home – ask Father to pour out grace and strength for the children and youth who have no access to quiet study spaces, who are burdened with household responsibilities, or who are surrounded by negativity and discouragement.
- Pray for those who are seeking God for success and a good future to receive a personal response from our Good Father.
Ramadan week 4: Ready To Be Found
“I’ve made myself available to those who haven’t bothered to ask. I’m here, ready to be found by those who haven’t bothered to look. I kept saying ‘I’m here, I’m right here’ to a nation that ignored me. I reached out day after day to a people who turned their backs on me, people who make wrong turns, who insist on doing things their own way.” Isaiah 65: 1-2 (MSG)
The Lord is reaching out to Morocco. He is ready to be found.
Pray over the overflowing crowds that attend Taraweeh prayers (“extra” Ramadan prayer time, after the breaking of fast) each night. May there be many who will find Jesus. May those who have their backs turned towards the Lord encounter Him face to face. There is nothing impossible with God.
Ramadan Week 3: Pray for first encounters
In reply to the question: “Why are you fasting?” A Moroccan law student said: “ I always fast during Ramadan. Everyone is fasting.” It was a stretch for her to conceive of not simply fulfilling the requirements of a religion that she was steeped in.
Pray for young Moroccans like her, who are just beginning to grapple with the “why” questions about life and faith. Pray that God will courage and hunger to them, so that they will venture beyond the confines of religion, and say yes to an abiding relationship with Christ.
May this Ramadan be filled with first encounters with Jesus and may this song become the testimony of many Moroccans.
Fountains / J. Baldwin
I will never forget I met you
The moment you called my name
Pulled me out of the darkness
Gave me a promise
To never thirst again
All that I ever wanted
My heart has found in you
I have tasted life
Like you do
The fount that won’t run dry
Nothing satisfies like you do
I want all that You offer
Your living water
Drink from the endless well
I will sit at your table
Forever where You plan
All my fountains are in
All my hope is built on your love
All my fountains are in you
With every breath I live for you Lord
Week 1 of Ramadan: Justice and Freedom
Ramadan will be observed in Morocco starting on Thursday, May 17th.
Let’s declare God’s chosen fast over Morocco.
“Is not his the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice, and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6
God, empower your children to become liberators in Your name. Give them the insight and strength to put your Word into action.
May Jesus be made known and glorified when freedom and justice comes to these ones in Morocco:
- Victims of trafficking
- Victims of domestic abuse
- The destitute
- Indentured servants
- The homeless
- The shamed and wrongly accused
- … etc.
Let Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, in Morocco as it is in heaven.