Call to Prayer

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First of all, thank you for being patient with me as I have been working on this new blog. I actually had it transferred to an even better version of the platform it is on over the past few weeks. (It was a free service by WPBeginner which I highly recommend for those who, like me, have very little free time to do such things.) You may not notice the difference, but I do by the features I am now able to utilize.

All that said, I’m back!

The other day I was writing in my journal, and what I ended up writing became great content for a post about life here and life in general. So, now I want to share that with you.

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This journal is so fitting for me! Saw it in the store the other day. No, it’s not the journal I have, but would be perfect for me. :)
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This is the cover of my be-YOU-tiful journal I am using which was given to me by my sweet sister-in-law.

I was beginning my new journal by stating that I do intend to be more consistent with writing in and using this journal than I have been with many in the past (are you with me on that?!)

Then I started to discuss how I also intend to keep a running prayer list in it and maybe even write out a few prayers along the way.

I have been reading the book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer which focuses on fervent prayer. In it she ends each chapter with a section named “Call to Prayer.”

How fitting that is!

As a reminder, my family and I are now living in the Middle East in a Muslim country—Doha, Qatar. I believe it is a requirement here for mosques to be located very specifically throughout the city so that they are easy for people to get to as well as so that the routine Call to Prayer can be heard in homes, businesses and outdoors throughout the city over various sets of speakers.

Malls, parks, and even parking garages have prayer rooms so that people can easily make their way during their daily goings on and still participate in prayer time.

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A mosque off in the distance at sunset from my walking trail.

People carry their prayer mats with them and kneel to pray on green spaces, on construction sites, wherever.

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The mosque behind our villa from my son’s bedroom window.

Just next to the construction site behind our villa is a mosque. Each mosque has speakers on it so that the Call to Prayer (and the preaching on Friday—Holy Day) can be broadcast for all to hear.

As a matter of fact, as I began writing this journal entry I could hear the Call to Prayer out my window over the loud construction sounds that echo in the background of our days and nights. (They are steadily preparing for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 here in Doha, among other things.)

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A closer view of the mosque behind our villa. Please excuse the incessant coat of dust on the window. We live in the desert. ;)

I must admit, it was slightly eerie at first for this “Western” girl (as we are referred to here), to hear this Call to Prayer five times a day (including BEFORE daylight!). However, my family and I have actually come to appreciate it.

Why?! You ask.

Well, we see it as just what it is.

A Call to Prayer.

So, we try to pray when we are reminded to by this Call to Prayer. We don’t always stop what we are doing and pray out loud. Neither do the Muslims here. It is their (and our) reminder to not forget to pray as soon as we are able. Sometimes we do pray out loud right then. Sometimes we pray in our hearts. Sometimes we don’t pray at all. But at least we are reminded more often than we were back home.

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My little man telling me about his great plan to set himself an alarm on his iPad for 6:00 am, 12 noon, and 8:30 pm every day so that he would remember to pray and read / listen to 2 chapters of his Bible on his iPad. And he said that would make 8 times a day he would pray since we already have the Call to Prayer as our reminder 5 times plus his 3 times. πŸ™‚ Sweet boy!

So, really, what better place for me to be on a journey to a revival of fervent prayer?

  • I need to trust God A LOT here.
  • They have a Call to Prayer multiple times a day here, both indoors and out.
  • People here live out their faith in a very unashamed way and teach their children to do so as well.
  • People here stop to kneel and pray wherever they are: the park, the ball field, the mall, the parking garage, the volleyball courts, the grocery store, the museum, the outdoor market—wherever, whenever!
  • It is praised and expected here. Not shamed and discouraged.
  • We “Westerners” could really take a lesson from these people.

I pray that you have read this with an open heart and mind and have put aside any previously held judgments. I pray that you are encouraged in your prayer life and find a way to set reminders for yourself so that you can become more consistent along with me on this journey to fervent prayer.

I pray most of all that this post has been for you A Call to Prayer.

Until next time…

4 thoughts on “Call to Prayer

  1. It’s easy to say, “if the United States would implement this prayer practice, what a wonderful country this would be to live in!” Yet, it’s a very hard practice to implement consistent daily prayer in our own lives as Christians. While I was reading your blog, I was reminded of the example of Daniel who prayed three times a day and ended up in the lion’s den because of his faithfulness in prayer. I will join you in your call to prayer! I commend Anderson for setting his alarm to pray! What time should I set my alarms, so that I would be praying the same three times Anderson is praying? Would it be 3:00 pm/9:00pm/5:30am? That way we would be praying together. Thanks for sharing. Love you! πŸ™πŸ»

    1. 9pm, 3am, and 8 am I think are the times. πŸ™‚ You may have to dream that 3am one. So glad to have you join me in this call to prayer! πŸ™‚ love you!!!

  2. Made me tear up. I feel the same and maybe people will have a change of heart when it comes to Muslims. I respect the prayer and love how they are reminded to turn to God in their daily routine.
    My 1st trip to Jordan we were on the long drive to the Dead Sea. This when I 1st witnessed my husband brothers’pulled the car over on the side of the road (Rocky Mountain) got their prayer rugs out and prayed right in front of the car. I thought how peaceful.

    1. Yes, Regina. I respect those same things as well. It has been very enlightening being here and living in this very different country from what I have ever known.

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