There are currently over 25 million Muslims in Europe (projected to be between 35 and 75 million by the year 2050). Multiplying year after year, the Muslim population in Europe is significantly growing. As immigrants and asylum seekers from countries all over North Africa and the Middle East flood into almost all of its countries, the face of Europe is changing in many ways. What it means to be a European is changing. Politics and government are changing. Religion is changing. The future of many European countries is changing.
With these changes come many challenges. But, as Muslims fill European countries, there is also an incredible opportunity for us as believers.
Coming from closed countries to open ones, God is orchestrating this migration: “so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him” (Acts 17:27). Muslims in Europe are in a place where they can freely have the gospel shared with them! And Muslims who give their life to Jesus are able to impactfully reach their friends and families still living in those closed countries.
What some see as an inconvenience or even a threat, in so many Muslims migrating to Europe, is being used to spark a movement of Muslims giving their lives to Jesus and it is our prayer that that movement will multiply!
So how do you factor into this? What impact can you make on the changing face of Europe?
We believe that every great movement begins with great prayer. So we want you to help us pray through this entire year for God to change the hearts of Muslims as the face of Europe changes. Each month we will focus on a specific way that the Muslim migration is changing different European countries and give you ways to partner with us in prayer. Will you join us in praying for the Muslims in Europe?
For numerous reasons, North African and Middle Eastern (NAME) peoples leave their home countries for Europe, and in doing so, trade one government for another. While in the West we tend to think of ourselves more civilized and better at governance, even first-world nations have their share of political upheavals and economic difficulties.
When refugees poured out of Africa and the Middle East by the thousands 4-5 years ago, European leaders were divided in their response. Some welcomed the waterlogged and road-weary refugees into their countries. Others did not. Some, like Italy and Greece, had little choice of whether to receive them, as refugees washed up in small boats to claim asylum. However, they continue to limit who is able to disembark on their shores, even those who rescue immigrants from dangerous, sinking boats on the Mediterranean.
Immigrants and refugees live in a world where their legal status is heavily dependent on the governments and laws of the countries where they seek safety and better lives. Some fled without papers or documents and enter a complicated asylum system with endless red tape and waiting. Others are dependent on government or UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) aid until they can get jobs and support themselves. These tenuous positions are difficult and stressful.
The good news is that God is sovereign and controls the rise and fall of each civilization and government. Jesus told Pilate before his crucifixion, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.” (John 19:11). We also know from the Bible that, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will” (Prov. 21:1, ESV). Because we have a great High Priest in Jesus Christ, we can petition the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords to move and work in governments around the world.
Join us in praying for all the European countries that host NAME peoples.
- Pray for their leaders, political parties, and economies of each nation.
- Pray for wisdom for British government leaders as they navigate Brexit and this tumultuous time.
- Ask God to work through the weak economies in Spain, Greece and Italy, that their leaders and people would rely on Him instead of their governments and themselves.
- Ask God to move and work all things together for his glory and the good of those he loves (Rom. 3:28).
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