Sadrach

Abas Surapranata

Friday, March 11, 2022

Sadrach was an Indonesian Muslim (1835-1924). His teacher and role model was the mosque leader (Imam) in his town. A humble Indonesian Christian evangelist publicly debated the Imam and defeated him. When that happened, the Imam converted to Christ. Sadrach, the young student, saw that his mentor and hero had been defeated by a Christian and decided to follow in the footsteps of his teacher and become a Christian.

Later, as he grew up and matured in the knowledge of the Gospel, Sadrach enthusiastically started teaching something new: that Muslims who come to Christ can retain their traditions that are not in opposition to the Bible, as long as they hold on to the pure teachings of God’s Word. For example, he taught it is okay to take off your shoes to pray as you used to do as a Muslim, as long as you pray to Jesus Christ the Lord.

The result of his teaching was positive, and staggering—many thousands of Muslims thronged to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Prayer

Great God, the only eternal Lord of all, pour out your Holy Spirit upon Muslim converts so that they have the zeal and creativity of Sadrach! Give them a divine call and purpose, sensitivity to people’s culture and traditions, and unflinching faith in the supremacy of God’s Word.

Almighty Savior, the report that 20,000 or so Muslims turned to Jesus because of this man’s ministry encourages us. Yet, I pray that modern day “Sadrachs” will bring millions of Muslims to the Kingdom, disciple them, and then train them to bring others to the Savior.

Help us, O Lord, and conquer our unbelief. You are more than able to bring about the salvation of millions of Muslims. Thank you. Amen.

Promise

God is able to accomplish far more than we might ask or imagine, according to his power at work in us. Glory be to him in the community of believers, and through Jesus Christ in all ages for ever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21, SAB).

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