The Messiah Next Door
Two days ago, while waiting outside a store, I struck up a conversation with the young man sitting on the bench next to me. After some small talk, I asked him if he prayed. That is a common question here to find out if someone takes their Islamic religion seriously. It is also a good way to start a spiritual conversation.
The young man, “Sal,” responded in the affirmative. He said that he does pray, and that he had studied the Qur’an. I asked him if he could understand what he was saying when he prayed, since Muslims are required to pray in Arabic, and he said no. He had simply memorized the words to the prayers and repeated them from memory.
He asked me if I pray. Knowing he was wondering if I was a Muslim, I answered “yes, I do pray” but was quick to emphasize that I am a follower of Jesus, the Messiah. To this he replied, “Does he live in your neighborhood?”
I answered, “No, I mean Jesus the Messiah who is written about in the Gospel.” Our discussion continued on, and two days later I was able to bring him a copy of the Gospel to see for himself.
Pray for Sal, and the others that I met there that day, that they will come to know Jesus, the Messiah for themselves.