Friday, July 20, 2018
The Quran says that Jesus was born of a virgin (Surah 19:16-21). The Muslim holy book and Islamic traditions ascribe various miracles to Jesus, such as healing the sick, raising the dead and so forth. However, the Quran states that he was no more than a human being, a prophet like all other prophets (Surah 5:72, 75, 116). Islam thinks that Christians try to elevate Jesus to be God. Yet, the reality is that Jesus is not a man whom we are trying to elevate to be God; rather, he is God who humbled himself and became man.
Islam refuses to ascribe deity to Christ and rejects the doctrine that Jesus is the Son of God.
Eternal Christ, Master and Lord of all the universe and of all history, I pray for my Muslim friends today. I ask you to illumine their hearts and minds so they can grasp these divine, spiritual truths that are hard for them to understand. Without your Spirit, they cannot understand them or accept them (1 Corinthians 2:14). And that is what I am asking now: please draw them to you by your Spirit.
O Jesus, our Savior and Lord, come in your love and compassion and reveal yourself to many Muslims this week. May they be saved by your divine power and become participants in the Kingdom of God. May they experience your love and care. May they acknowledge you as the Beginning and the End, the Son of God, the Way, the Truth, the Life, the Good Shepherd, the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Amen.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 5:4-5, NIV).
Friday, July 13, 2018
There is a Judgment Day coming for all the living and the dead. We will give an account of what we have done with our lives and with Christ’s call to follow him.
The Bible tells us that Jesus will be the Judge on that day: “For [God] has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:31, NLT).
“Look, the Lord will come with myriads of his holy ones to judge all people. He will condemn the ungodly for all the evil deeds they have committed, and for every ugly word the godless sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 1:14-15, SAB; see also 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
Muslims believe that Jesus is only a prophet and will descend to earth at the end of time to rule over the world and judge all people. But they think he will then be a Muslim and judge according to Islamic precepts!
Jesus Christ, God’s Son and our Lord, we acknowledge you as the supreme Ruler and just Judge of all. I pray that you will open Muslims’ hearts to accept you. May they believe what you told us in your Word, that the Father “has given the Son absolute authority to judge” (John 5:22).
I plead with you that by the power of your mighty name many Muslims will surrender their lives to you and be spared the perils of Judgment Day. May the Holy Spirit convict them of sin, of righteousness and of the judgment to come (John 16:8).
May they be part of those who in heaven, washed in the blood of the Lamb, will sing everlasting anthems to the glory of our Savior and Redeemer: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13, NIV).
There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1, NLT).