David Garrison on Why We Should Pray for Muslims … | The trade

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I recently had the privilege of preaching at my local church. I took the opportunity to share from Acts 17: 26-27.

“From a man he made every nation of men that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the precise places in which they were to live. God did this so that people would seek him and maybe reach for him and find him, even though he is not far from any of us. "

As the author of a recent global poll that revealed unprecedented turns of thousands of Muslims to believe in Jesus Christ, I took the opportunity to point out that it is God who determines the times and boundaries of the world's peoples. I informed the church that it is no accident that God has allowed more than 3 million Muslims to find their new homes here in the United States.

The reason for this move, I said, was because "maybe Muslim immigrants in America could reach for him and find him". In order for this divine appointment to be realized, however, we must acknowledge that here, too, God has brought us close to more than 3 million Muslims so that we can convey the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to them.

During the invitation, I invited the church to pray for the Muslims and for themselves that God would use us to bring them to save faith in Jesus Christ.

A man hunched his shoulders down the aisle to the altar on which I was standing. When he took my hand, I knew he was crying. "I lost my son in Afghanistan," he said, "and I've hated these people ever since. But I know that I can't follow Jesus and hate Muslims. I want to leave that hatred here today."

Prayer changes things. It changes the hearts of Muslims just as it changes our own hearts. Let me tell you how I became aware of the influence prayer has on getting Muslims to believe. In 2014 I published a book called A Wind in the House of Islam. It was the culmination of a three year journey that took me 250,000 miles through the Muslim world, where I was able to collect more than a thousand interviews from Muslims who had come to believe in Jesus Christ and were each part of a work of God within their congregation that at least Had seen 1,000 baptisms.

In my survey, I heard hundreds of stories of God's miraculous life-changing interventions in the lives of these formerly devout Muslims, leading them not only to say yes to Jesus but to follow Him in baptism, an act that could bring them the death penalty . To be honest, none of these people I interviewed told me that they turned to faith in Jesus because a Christian on the other side of the world prayed for them.

While I was writing my book, I often shared with my friend Paul Filidis, the editor of the Muslim World Prayer Guide, the stories I had heard from imams, mullahs, and common Muslim men and women who found Jesus as their Lord and Savior . One day Paul asked me a simple question: "David, when did these movements start?"

I knew the answer because my research included a historical retrospective to identify each time history had recorded a movement of at least a thousand Muslim baptisms within a particular Islamic community. This historical review was not as difficult as it may seem. In fact, such movements were so rare that whenever they occurred they made church history. As I looked through my tables, I informed Paul that 84% of all Muslim movements to Christ in history have taken place in our lifetime in the past 30 years.

Paul's eyes immediately filled with tears. "What's the matter?" I asked. Paul sobbed, "We started the Muslim World Prayer Leader 30 years ago." That's why I know that prayer makes a difference. Prayer changes the hearts of Muslims.

That is why I urge Christians to pray for Muslims, for their salvation, for their blessings in Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, many Muslim immigrants in America today, evangelical Christians, see us as their greatest opponents in America. I know that this resistance within the Christian community arises from fear and only perfect love can drive this fear out.

None of us can claim the perfect love that inspires fear (1 John 4:18), none but Christ himself. But when we pray we acquire the heart of God, a heart that was ready for all of us (including Muslims) to die.

This year, during Ramadan from April 13th to May 12th, a growing number of Christians around the world will join together to pray for Muslims that God may reveal his Son, Jesus Christ, to them.

If you want to join this prayer for Muslims, you must be prepared for God to change your heart from fear, hatred, or indifference to love a people for whom Christ gave his life.

See you at the altar.

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