Daily Topic for September 01, 2011
One of the reasons we pray that God will thrust forth missionaries to foreign countries is so that the nations may know the One who created the heavens and the earth. This month we will be praying for Muslim communities in Nepal who have a head start on their Hindu and Buddhist neighbors. They do not worship idols. Muslims fervently believe that we must worship only the Creator. They focus on Allah, the Arabic name for God. But their God does not have the attributes of the God of the Bible. They do not know that Jesus died on the cross for their sins. Though there are important spiritual hurdles for missionaries to overcome when dealing with Muslims, knowing that God created the heavens and the earth is not one of them.
Pray that those who work among Muslims in Nepal will focus on presenting Christ as the savior and final sacrifice for sin.
As a boy, Thomas French imitated his father, a leading Anglican minister, by writing sermons. Both his parents were deeply spiritual and shared their faith with their children. The children often visited with missionaries, and thus they learned to pray for them.
As a young man Thomas considered seriously the spiritual needs of the church at home and the harvest fields which were open to the church abroad. He received a letter from a missionary who wrote, “Christ has promised that the gospel shall be preached for a witness … all over the world before He comes.… Now what I ask of you is carefully to search and examine your heart, that it may not be through unfaithfulness that you decline to enter on an apostle’s work.” French talked and prayed about the matter with a friend, and they both dedicated their lives for service abroad. When this friend was later killed in an accident, the vow they had taken deepened Thomas French’s commitment even more.
In 1850, at the age of 25, French was accepted by the Church Missionary Society to go to the foreign mission field. He became engaged to M.A. Jansen, whom he had met at Oxford; but the young couple decided to postpone their marriage for two years so that Thomas could go immediately to the mission field. The next month, he sailed for India. On board ship French and his colleague, Mr. Stuart, held services and bible studies daily, as well as special Sunday services. They even set up a Bible class for the sailors. They landed at Calcutta in early 1851.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for aspiring missionaries to fulfill their commitments without wavering.