“We need to remember…thirteen books of the New Testament come to us from the hand of Paul. Paul was someone who murdered Christians. And if it hadn’t been for him we wouldn’t have 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. We wouldn’t have Romans, the greatest treatise on theology that I’ve seen. That was all at the hands of what some people call a terrorist.”
Nabeel Qureshi has a strong word for Christians today – pray for your enemies.
Love those who persecute you, because soon they may be standing next to you as a brother or sister in Christ. Given the recent terror attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, and now Brussels, the temptation to fear is high for Christians. But if we hide our light, who will shine Christ?
Our first response to current events needs to be prayer.
“We need to pray for people who are lost and broken. So many of these youngsters who are getting bombs strapped to their chests and being sent into crowds to blow themselves up… Can we just pray for them? Can we pray that the Lord would shine into their lives?”
Our prayers are working and God is moving in the Muslim world. Nabeel spoke to a young man who became a radicalized Muslim and was asked to be a suicide bomber.
“While he was praying about that decision, Jesus showed up in his room! And told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.’”
“Right before accepting a suicide mission, he became a Christian. Part of that was because of prayers, part of that was because people were believing that the Lord is still alive today and He still does amazing work.”
Prayer is our weapon against darkness – and God moves on the prayers of His people. Nabeel and other former Muslims are trophies of God’s grace. There are more yet to be saved.
Will you pray for them? Will you pray for God to move in the hearts of Muslims and open their eyes to His love?
Nabeel Qureshi offers more background on Islam in his book, . You can also find his recent article for USA Today.
Key Scriptures: Mark 12:30-31
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