By Trevor Castor
A friend recently told me that he was afraid to talk to Muslims about Jesus. His fear was not the result of watching the news or recent events. He was afraid to talk to Muslims about his faith because he didn’t want to say the wrong thing.
Share your testimony.
A couple things to keep in mind, do not glorify your sinful life. “Amazing” testimonies about deliverance from addictions and immorality will not usually be effective with Muslims. In fact, they may be offensive. Instead, your testimony is an opportunity to tell how God is working in your life. You may want to start the story in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-14, Jer.1:5). Acknowledge the fact that God has been pursuing you from birth. Be sure to emphasize the peace you have with God because of the assurance of your sin being forgiven. Speak about being with Him one day in heaven. Muslims have no assurance of salvation and often are terrified of the Day of Judgment. You confidence in approaching the throne of grace will be refreshing to many Muslims.
Find God at work in the lives of Muslims.
Be assured that God working in their lives. The same goes for aspects of Muslim culture genuinely approved of by God. For example, when they are hospitable, demonstrate care for parents, concern for poor, or seem faithful in their prayers, tell them you thank God for placing this desire in them. You can say, “I find these parts of your life to reflect God’s character and would like to take a minute and thank God for what He’s doing in your life.” Then pray for them! Or you could say something like “I see in every way you are very religious” (Acts 17). Don’t let what radicals are doing in the name of Islam keep you from seeing good in individual Muslim friends. Give God credit where credit is due.
Pray for your Muslim friend.
Yes, you can pray in the name of Jesus. I have known Muslims for 15 years and to this date I have never had a Muslim refuse prayer or take offense that I pray in the name of Jesus. Did you ever consider that your prayers are sacred space and that by inviting a Muslim in they get to meet God in a way that they have probably never done before. You may find that your Muslim friend will begin coming to you with prayer requests. Do not say I will pray for you and send them on, pray right then and there. Before they leave your home, pray for them. Before you leave their home, pray for them. Ask the Lord to give them dreams and visions and to guide them to the truth. I cannot overstate the importance praying with your Muslim friends. If you don’t, the assumption will be that you probably do not pray at all. Click here to continue reading 7 Ways to Share