Ganesha Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Hindus love Ganesh and will bring giant idols of him into their homes. They worship him for 10 days, then they carry him in procession for immersion in the nearest large body of water.
Please pray for the homes in Gujarat that will be filled with Ganesh worship for the next week. Pray that they will be uncomfortable in the darkness and will seek to know the Light that is Christ. Pray for Believers to be bold in sharing the Light with their neighbors.
Psa 97:7 All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship Him, all you gods!
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Tagged Christ, Ganesh Chaturthi, Gujarat, Hindu Festivals, Hinduism, India, Prayer, Religion & Spirituality
Today the people of Gujarat and all of India are celebrating, rejoicing in their Independence. This is ironic, when the majority of the people of India are captive to their religions and the beliefs that keep them from knowing the one source of freedom.
Pray for the people of Gujarat and India today. Pray that they will realize their captive state and will seek freedom in Christ Jesus. Pray that Believers today will share boldly and remember that “He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives”.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
By this time, Gujarat should be well into the monsoon season. But this year, rain started late and has been very sporadic. When you are talking about a state with 60 million people, a shortage of rain can soon become a big problem, both in available water and in agriculture. Please pray for rain from the Father. Pray that the people of Gujarat will seek help from the true God, and pray that when He answers they will give Him the glory.
Zechariah 10:1 Ask rain from the LORD in the season of the spring rain, from the LORD who makes the storm clouds, and he will give them showers of rain.
The Bala Hanuman temple in Jamnagar, Gujarat, is famous for 50 years of ontinuous chants. The chanting of the mantra “Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram” started on 1 August 1964, and has continued for 24 hours a day, in shifts. This has earned the temple a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, but has accomplished nothing for the souls of those who chant.
Please pray for Hindu devotees who come from all over to join in this ritual. Pray for dissatisfaction with rote repetition of the mantra, and for a longing in their heart to know the true Lord God. Pray for Believers who have been prayerwalking in the area. Pray that they will have opportunity to share, and will be bold in telling about Jesus.
Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Psalm 14:2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.
The last ten days of Ramadan are considered highly blessed, especially the 27th night–also called the ‘Night of Power’–which is July 24th this year. For many Muslims, this period is marked by a heightened spiritual intensity and they may spend these nights praying and reciting the Qur’an. The whole Night of Power, from sunset to dawn, is the holiest night of the year for Muslims. Many Muslims think this is a special night when God gives heed to their requests. Often they are open to dreams and visions as they seek guidance and revelation.
Pray for a humility in the hearts of Muslims that will leave them seeking salvation from outside of themselves rather than in their performance of religious activity. Pray for a movement of the Holy Spirit on all the Muslims who are praying on this night. And pray for dreams and visions of the one, true God to be revealed to all Muslims this night.
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Tagged Christianity, God, Gujarat, Holy Spirit, India, Islam, Prayer, Religion & Spirituality
In the Old Testament, High Places were mentioned often as bad, and worthy of destruction. These were places of worship on high ground, places where alters were built and idols were worshiped. Today you will still find high places in Gujarat. Going to these holy places is an important part of worship for Hindus and Jains. Pilgrims will travel from all over to climb the steps–sometimes hundreds of them–to the temples and shrines.
Pray for the pilgrims who are even now traveling to a ‘High Place’ or planning such a pilgrimage. Pray that they will realize the futility of this journey as a way to get closer to their gods. Pray that they will encounter the one true God, through Believers, the Word, or through the Spirit. Pray for the destruction of the High Places, as they were destroyed in the time of King Josiah.
Isaiah 46:9-10 for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
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Ramadan is the name of the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. For this entire month, Muslims will celebrate the time when Muhammed wrote the Quran, the holy book of the Muslims. Every Muslim who is physically able will fast daily throughout the month, eating only after sundown. The fast is a part of the purification that is important during the month. For Muslims, this month is as important as Christmas is to followers of Christ.
Please pray for the Muslims of Gujarat this month. Pray that when they are hungry, they will also be filled with a spiritual hunger. Pray that as they are performing good deeds, the Holy Spirit will remind them that they cannot earn a way to Heaven. And pray that, as these people pray toward Allah the Spirit will lead them to pray to the one God, the one who can hear their prayers.
“I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me” Isaiah 46:9