VIDEO Did Jesus Pray Like a Muslim? – Jihadist Overcome by the Love of Jesus

 

Did Jesus Pray Like a Muslim? (David Wood)

 

An odd but common Muslim argument insists that Jesus prayed like a Muslim, so Christians should pray like Muslims. In this video, David Wood responds by taking a closer look at the prayers of Jesus.

Here’s the text of David’s response: Hi Gold Man. You’ve never seen a Christian praying on his face because Jesus commanded his followers: “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6).

Notice that this is the same book you just cited to show that Jesus prayed like Muslims! Muslims pray in the open so that you may be seen by men. Jesus condemns your prayers! Jesus also said, in the same book you cited: “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words” (Matthew 6:7).

What do Muslims do when they pray? They recite memorized prayers in a language most of them don’t understand! Even more hilarious, the exact verse you cited condemns you.

Matthew 26:39 reads: “And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.'” Jesus calls God “My Father”! According to the Qur’an (9:30), Jesus is not the Son of God.

Indeed, the Qur’an declares that Allah is a father to no one (see 5:18; 19:88-93; and 21:26). So if we believe the verse you cited, Islam is false!

Beyond this, Jesus prayed in different positions. John 17:1 states: “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You.'” Jesus prayed while looking up to heaven. I’ve never seen a Muslim pray like this! Notice also, once again, that Jesus calls God “Father,” and declares himself to be the “Son.” So, your “proof” of Islam is something that thoroughly contradicts Islam! Thank you for proving, based on the teachings of Jesus, that Muhammad was a false prophet

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There is also the point that, when Jesus told his disciples how they should pray, he didn’t tell them that they needed to pray with their face on the ground. Also, the obvious reason Jesus did pray/speak to his Father like this at this particular time is because this was an intense time and moment for him because it was right before his arrest, trial and crucifixion, which is what Muslims ignore and which is also denied in the Quran. 6 centuries after the Bible comes Muhammad saying that Jesus was indeed crucified, however, it was someone else who was made to look exactly like Jesus. Muhammad was very good at rewriting Christian history 600 years later, that we must admit.

Jesus did not order us to pray to black stones with our rear’s in the air.

Jesus starts the Lord’s Prayer by saying “father in heaven” how can that be praying like a Muslim !?


A Jihadist Overcome by the Love of Jesus

 

Al Fadi is a former Wahabbi Muslim from Saudi Arabia. He is the researcher, editor, writer, and translator for numerous ministries, including “Answering Islam” and runs an outreach ministry designed for non-Muslim and Christians. Al Fadi came to America to convert people to Islam, but was challenged by his own faith

 

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Celebrating God’s Creativity

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.  Romans 12:6

As music filled the church auditorium, color-blind artist Lance Brown stepped onstage. He stood in front of a large white canvas, with his back to the congregation and dipped his brush into black paint. With smooth swipes, he completed a cross. Stroke after stroke with brushes and his hands, this visual storyteller created images of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. He covered the large patches of the canvas with black paint and added blue and white to finish a now abstract painting in less than six minutes. He picked up the canvas, turned it upside down, and revealed a hidden image—a compassion-filled face—Jesus.

Brown said he’d been reluctant when a friend suggested he speed-paint during a church service. Yet he now travels internationally to lead people into worship as he paints and shares Christ with others.

The apostle Paul affirms the value and purpose of the diverse gifts God has dispersed to His people. Every member of His family is equipped to glorify the Lord and build others up in love (Romans 12:3–5). Paul encourages us to identify and use our gifts to edify others and point to Jesus, serving diligently and cheerfully (vv. 6–8).

God has given each of us spiritual gifts, talents, skills, and experiences to serve wholeheartedly behind the scenes or in the forefront. As we celebrate His creativity, He uses our uniqueness to spread the gospel and build up other believers in love.

By:  Xochitl Dixon

Reflect & Pray

Who can you encourage to use their God-given gifts to serve others? How will you do the same?

God, thank You for Your creativity. May I reflect it today.

The Nature of Discouragement

Psalm 16:7-11

Discouragement is a powerful, destructive force. Before we can understand how to rid our life of this common temptation, we must recognize its harmful nature.

Understand that discouragement…

Is something we choose. While it’s a natural response to difficult circumstances, we have the power to choose a different response. No one else is responsible for our discouragement.

Is universal. At times, everybody will face periods of disappointment and discouragement because we live in a flawed world filled with flawed people.

Can recur. Sometimes we think we’ve settled an issue, which later resurfaces when we least expect it. Or we may have old emotional wounds triggered by something a person says or does.

Can be temporary or lifelong. Refusing to face discouragement head-on can open the door for it to influence our decisions, actions, and relationships as long as we live.

Is conquerable. With the Father’s help, we can get through seasons of discouragement. He wants His children to have a rich and fulfilled life. If we trust in His promises and His character, our feelings of discouragement will slowly be replaced by hope.

Are you stuck in the throes of discouragement? If so, the Lord wants to lift your spirits. Let Him help you out of that lowly state: Start by believing that the Father wants to encourage you and get your life back on track with Him.

You Must Be Truly Converted

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

To be “converted” can mean many things. The Greek word simply means to “turn” or “change directions.” Christian conversion, however, refers to turning away from the whole world system and turning to God through Christ. Similarly, to “repent,” in the Greek, means essentially to “think differently” and, in a Christian context, to change one’s whole thought process from worldly reasoning to spiritual, as centered in Christ and the Scriptures. Genuine Christian repentance and conversion result in having one’s “sins . . . blotted out” and thus true “times of refreshing” from the Lord.

But without real repentance and conversion, there is no salvation. Jesus said: “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, 5), and He also said: “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).

There are, sad to say, multitudes of men and women who think they are Christians but are not. This is evidenced by the lack of real change in their thinking and living from the beliefs and practices of the world. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Christ Himself has warned that “many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, . . . And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you” (Matthew 7:22-23). Therefore, it behooves all who profess Christ to seriously review their personal belief and behavior in terms of their conformity to the world of men or to the Word of God. As Paul exhorted: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” (2 Corinthians 13:5). HMM

Cheap Salvation

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

—2 Corinthians 4:2

Here again is seen the glaring discrepancy between biblical Christianity and that of present-day evangelicals, particularly in the United States….

To make converts here we are forced to play down the difficulties and play up the peace of mind and worldly success enjoyed by those who accept Christ. We must assure our hearers that Christianity is now a proper and respectable thing and that Christ has become quite popular with political bigwigs, well-to-do business tycoons and the Hollywood swimming pool set. Thus assured, hell-deserving sinners are coming in droves to “accept” Christ for what they can get out of Him; and though one now and again may drop a tear as proof of his sincerity, it is hard to escape the conclusion that most of them are stooping to patronize the Lord of glory much as a young couple might fawn on a boresome but rich old uncle in order to be mentioned in his will later on.   BAM017

Lord, don’t let me fall into the trap of offering a cheap salvation. Remind me often that redemption which cost the life of Your Son should never be so cheapened. Amen.

 

Our heart shall rejoice in Him because…

Our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.—Psalm 33:21.

 

On our way rejoicing as we homeward move,

Hearken to our praises, O Thou God of love!

Is there grief or sadness? Thine it cannot be!

Is our sky beclouded? Clouds are not from Thee!

On our way rejoicing as we homeward move,

Hearken to our praises, O Thou God of love!

J. B. S. Monsell.

 

My position has come to this, Am I living near my Savior; then I am as happy as the day is long, and as light-hearted as a child. It may be that I have plenty of annoyances, but they don’t trouble me when His presence is with me. Am I downcast and worried: then I am away from God.

John Kenneth MacKenzie.

 

We may sing beforehand, even in our winter storm, in the expectation of a summer sun at the turn of the year; no created powers can mar our Lord Jesus’ music, nor spill our song of joy. Let us then be glad and rejoice in the salvation of our Lord; for faith had never yet cause to have wet cheeks, and hanging-down brows, or to droop or die.

Samuel Rutherford.

 

Light Pushes Aside Darkness

“For thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness.” 2Sam. 22:29

Am I in the light? Then thou, O Lord, art my lamp. Take thee away, and my joy would be gone; but as long as thou art with me, I can do without the torches of time and the candles of created comfort. What a light the presence of God casts on all things! We heard of a lighthouse which could be seen for twenty miles, but our Jehovah is not only a God at hand, but far off is He seen, even in the enemy 5 country. O Lord, I am as happy as an angel when thy love fills my heart. Thou art all my desire.

Am I in the dark? Then thou, O Lord, wilt lighten my darkness. Before long things will change. Affairs may grow more and more dreary, and cloud may be piled upon cloud; but if it grow so dark that I cannot see my own hand, still I shall see the hand of the Lord. When I cannot find a light within me, or among my friends, or in the whole world, the Lord, who said “Let there be light,” and there was light, can say the same again. He will speak me into the sunshine yet. I shall not die but live. The day is already breaking. This sweet text shines like a morning star. I shall clap my hands for joy ere many hours are passed.