Daily Topic for August 11, 2013
Baptism can be a powerful witness to the unsaved. In baptism believers participate in and act out the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. They thereby identify with Him in a rite of passage from spiritual death to spiritual life. In entering into a new way, they reject the old. In many places, however, public baptism is dangerous; it can cost one their life or family affiliation. In some cases, people postpone baptism until they are dying. In other cases, baptism is done in secret if at all.
Pray for wisdom for pastors, missionaries, and believers concerning when and where to be baptized.
“Today we are privileged to celebrate and honor the birthday of a great Sayyid Muslim, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, born in 1817. This remarkable man changed India! Founder of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), his vision for education was the key that allowed Muslims in India to meet new challenges in many areas, especially science.” Dr. Talat Hasan, a Sayyid, from Gurgaon City was addressing the prestigious crowd at AMU made up primarily of Sayyid’s Muslim educators. He commented, “Sir Syed knew that for India to change, its people would need to be educated. He often said, Do not show the face of Islam to others; instead show your face as the follower of true Islam representing character, knowledge, tolerance and piety.’ As a Sayyid, I seriously believe that this is the heart of Islam and what Allah wants from us!”
The Sayyid people claim that they are descendants of Mohammad, which gives them status as one of the most honored groups in Muslim society. They commonly take prominent positions in the spiritual leadership of their Muslim communities, and the majority will not marry outside of their group. With an estimated population of 7,100,000, they are the largest group of Muslims in India and very resistant to spiritual change.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will allow Christian educators to meet with the Sayyids and show them the power and glory of God found in the Bible. May many Sayyid soon know the eternal hope found in Jesus as their Savior.