Friday, January 29, 2021
Time and again the Lord puts Muslims in our paths. He wants us to be witnesses to his love and bring them to the Kingdom. Often Muslims are searching. I have encountered situations where they were just waiting for someone to tell them about Jesus.
Yet our enemy tries to intimidate us. He has many tricks to stop us from witnessing. For example, I may think it is sufficient for me to witness through my actions, no words needed… I’ll wait till I know more about Islam… I do not want to offend my friend… I am too shy; and so forth.
After years of imprisonment and torture by the communist authorities, a pastor said to a visiting American missionary: “Don’t ever give up in freedom what we would never have given up in persecution! That is our witness to the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ!”
Wherever you are, whatever the nature of your relationship with your Muslim friend or the kind of preparation you have received, if you’re a Christian you need to witness.
Great and merciful Father, forgive me for my shortcomings and the times I have failed to witness to people. Anoint me with your Holy Spirit to be your mouthpiece to a needy Muslim this week.
Give me courage and wisdom to speak the truth with love. Give me compassion and power to minister to them—spirit, soul and body. Keep me from ridiculing or despising Muslims and from saying anything that does not glorify Christ.
Open my mouth to express a heart full of God’s love for lost souls. Help me to be an encourager to the discouraged, a comforter to the downcast, and to point all people to the Way. Use me to minister to people through words of truth, acts of compassion and mighty works of the Holy Spirit.
Surprise me by helping me to lead a Muslim to your light, peace and life.
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will bear witness for me (Acts 1:8, REB). I have put my words in your mouth… Get up and tell them whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you afraid before them. (Jeremiah 1: 9, 17 Sharif Bible)
 Nik Ripkin, The Insanity of God, p. 196.