Apr 18 2018
God named Ishmael ‘God hears’ before he was born. Years later, God heard Ishmael’s cry when he was perishing in the wilderness and opened his mother’s eyes to see a spring of water from which she gave him drink – and he lived!
Islam claims Ishmael as a spiritual forefather. Today’s Muslims are in the wilderness perishing and crying out for living water. Let the Church pray to the Father to reveal the well of living water, Jesus, so they might live!
Our powerful words
“And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And whoever sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears My words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects Me and does not receive My words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority, but the Father who sent Me has Himself given Me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told M.e” (Jn 12:44-50)
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn 1:14)! The same Word that was spoken at creation to bring what didn’t exist into existence was given to us. He was sent so that we wouldn’t remain in darkness, but have the opportunity to receive the Word that gives eternal life (Jn 6:68) in the presence of the living God. The Holy Spirit reminds us of this Word and interprets it for us (Jn 14:26, 1 Co 2:6-16).
Allah also sent his word. He sent a spirit to dictate to a human (Muhammad) the contents of a book (the Qur’an), the original of which is said to be in heaven. Many scholars have interpreted this book over the centuries by referring to other collections of books, the Hadith (Muhammad’s sayings and actions) and the Sira (Muhammad’s biography). This word offers the possibility of paradise if, in the end, Allah decides that one’s efforts to follow it have been worthy.
Surely, we who follow Jesus – the Word who came to
show us the Father and knew exactly what He was saying at every moment – surely we who’ve been saved by faith in that Word (even though we don’t deserve it) are the most blessed of all people (Eph 2:6-9). But that means we have all the more responsibility to speak the Word of life to others.
We’re commanded to speak “only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Eph 4:29). Our Lord tells us that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Mt 12:34b-37).
Prophecy is simply speaking forth the word of God, the testimony of Jesus (Rev 19:10). “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pe 1:21). We, though human, have the Holy Spirit. What’s to stop us from speaking the Word of life, just as Jesus did? Muslims need to hear it! The word they depend on is a vain hope. Let’s pray:
You hold us accountable for every word we speak
Father, may our tongues be sanctified
We’re made in Your own image,
and You speak creatively
Help us, Lord, to speak the Word of life!
Father, may we speak life to Muslims today!
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