Ramadan runs from June 28-July 27 in 2014. We are praying for the nation of Mali during this season.
At its apogee in the 14th century, Mali dominated most of the upper and middle Niger River basin, a space roughly twice the size of California, and hence commanded the richest share of the gold and salt trade. Its king then, known as Kankan Musa, was a devout Muslim. He made a pilgrimage to Mecca accompanied by a retinue that included, according to accounts of Arab writers, 500 slaves each carrying a golden staff and a camel train carrying tons of gold.
Within a few generations after his death, Mali began disintegrating under the attack of warlike neighbors.
Ezekiel 46:16 (ESV)
“Thus says the Lord God: If the prince makes a gift to any of his sons as his inheritance, it shall belong to his sons. It is their property by inheritance.”
Our Father in heaven,
Your holy word teaches us that all the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. We thank you for the inheritance you have promised.
Yet, 94% of Malians are Muslim. Their inheritance in Christ Jesus is languishing, for in Christ Jesus we are all sons of God, through faith.
If any keys to their inheritance have been lost, help the Malians to find them. If any of the keys have been stolen or pawned, You have provided the price of redemption–the Blood of Jesus. Grant them the faith to lay claim to their inheritance as sons and daughters of the King.
Oh, Father, for the languishing inheritance to be restored, and the lost keys to be recovered in Mali! We cry out for the nation of Mali to come before Your throne in worship and adoration! Amen.
Psalm 86:9,68:9b, Galatians 3:26
Reference: Tropical Africa by Robert Coughlan and the editors of LIFE, Times Inc. book division, 1962.