Saudi Arabia: Hajj Prayer - Day 3

Source:                       www.win1040.com

Date:                            August 31, 2017

 

Hajj Prayer - Day 3 - September 1, 2017 
This photo by Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula (PTAP) shows the five acts Muslim pilgrims perform, which makes this the longest of the three days.
 
For the pilgrims, day three is the longest day. It might take some people two days, and the pilgrimage is not finished until they complete all of these sacred acts.
 
There are five different sacred acts to perform today and they can be done in almost any order. This can take some people more than one day.
 
1. They will stone the pillars of Satan
2. Men will shave their heads (an act of humility and cleanliness)
3. They will sacrifice a permissible animal
4. They will circle the Ka'aba seven times
5. They will run between the two hills of Safa and Marwa
 
Key Scriptures to Pray
And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest (Jesus Christ) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:10-14
 
Going before the Father
Ephesians 6:12 states "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against... the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Muslims understand there is a spiritual battle caused by Satan. Throwing rocks at Satan during the day of stoning is meaningless apart from the cross and resurrection which defeated Satan. Pray that they would see that only Jesus defeated sin, Satan and death. May they know that in Christ, they can have mighty weapons "for the tearing down of strongholds." (2 Corinthians 10:4)
 
Thank the Lord that Muslims see the importance of sacrificing an animal. In the Old Testament, it meant forgiveness of sins. After Jesus died on the cross, animal sacrifice was not required, for His death covered all sins. Pray that Muslims will understand the meaning behind the sacrifice and cross of Jesus. Pray that they will understand that the Father so loved the world that He had to give His Son (Jesus) because whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Ask that God would overwhelm people with the truth and reality of Jesus' death on the cross. Ask that the Holy Spirit would move in people's hearts so that they can understand the fullness of the resurrection.
 
As Muslims circle the Ka'aba and run from hill to hill, ask that they will see the futility of these acts. They can have peace with God and a commitment to Him, but it is only through what Christ did for them. Pray that they will hear this good news and believe.
 
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life." (John 14:6) As the pilgrims leave after all these spiritual experiences and the exercises they have done, pray they may still feel extreme emptiness and a lack of peace until they know the Redeemer of their souls, Jesus.
 
Continue to pray that Muslims will come to know Jesus, the giver of life. Pray that many from all different people groups around the world would come to know Him. Pray that whole families would come to know Jesus and together walk with Him.
 

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