Friday, May 8, 2020
The Minister of Finance in the government of Queen Candace of Ethiopia believed in God, the Almighty who had revealed his Word to the prophets.
The minister went to Jerusalem to fulfill religious duties prescribed by his conscience and his limited understanding of God’s Word. As he was returning home, the Lord sent Philip to instruct him and bring his faith to maturity through trusting and believing in Jesus Christ (read Acts 8:26-40).
Many people in the Muslim world are very thirsty spiritually. They go on pilgrimages and fulfill religious duties, trying to please God. Let us pray that the Lord will send them light and revelation, that he will bring them to the Kingdom of Christ, transform them to be his children, and fill them with peace and joy.
Lord God, you came down on Mount Sinai to speak to Moses and give him your laws (Exodus 19). You spoke to Elijah on Mount Horeb and gave him courage and guidance (1 Kings 19:8-18). I pray that you will speak from Mount Calvary to Muslims today and grant them the knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus Christ!
Help me be a “Philip” for a Muslim seeker this week. Use me as I am, limited in my understanding of Islam and Muslims, and flawed and weak. By the power of your Holy Spirit, help me say words that come directly from you, and speak through me to answer their questions. Manifest your power in my weakness. Keep me from being argumentative. Fill my heart with love and compassion, my mouth with words of grace, and my soul with courage.
As the Ethiopian minister accepted your Word, may many Muslims open their hearts to your love and forgiveness and accept Jesus as their only Lord and Savior. May they, like the government official, believe the Good News of Jesus Christ.
May they, too, “go on their way rejoicing.” In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
When you seek me, you will find me; if you search wholeheartedly, I shall let you find me (Jeremiah 29:13-14, REB).