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