June 9th Weekly E-votional

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began this week.  For those who are unfamiliar, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims.  Muslims believe that it was during Ramadan that the Quran was revealed to Mohammed.  Ramadan is a month of deep contemplation of one’s relationship with God, extra prayer, increased charity, and intense study of the Quran.  It is also a time of fasting.  During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat, drink, or otherwise consume anything from Sunrise to Sunset.

There are many reasons why Muslims fast during Ramadan.  It is to remind you of your human frailty and dependence on God for sustenance.  It is to build compassion and are reminded to help the poor by showing what it feels like to go without food or water.  It is also to reduce distractions so that you can more clearly focus on your relationship with God.

While we may not believe the same things as followers of Islam, there is a lot to admire and learn from Ramadan.  I don’t think any person of faith, whatever that faith might be, would argue that learning greater dependence on God, learning compassion for the poor, and building a stronger relationship with God is a bad thing.  These are things we, as Christians, should strive for in our lives.

I am not saying that we should participate in the fasting of Ramadan, but we should take a look at our lives and our spiritual practices and what they accomplish.  We should look for areas where we could grow closer to God.  We should take the goals of Ramadan and apply them to our own lives, whether it is through Bible study, prayer, fasting, alms giving, or some other spiritual practice.

2 Peter 3:18  “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”



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