Loving Our Neighbour

Can I Offer To Pray With You?

The fourth of a series of articles examining how we can respond to Muslims in the UK.

In Islam, Jesus is the miracle worker! More than any other figure in the Qur’an, including Muhammad, Jesus is known to have performed miracles. Surah 5:110, for example, talks of him healing the blind and the leper, and giving life to the dead.

According to Islam, Jesus did not die on the cross but was taken up into heaven, which means he is ‘still alive’ in a unique sense. So many Muslims are attracted when Christians pray in Jesus’ name.

Take Rahiba* for example. She was a real talker, and had strong convictions about her life.  Although, she felt that both Islam and Christianity were good, she reasoned that because she was raised a Muslim that she would always remain a Muslim. There was no need to change. Then she mentioned that she could not sleep at all. We offered, there and then, to pray with her. The next day she could not wait to tell us: she had slept for three hours!

Praying for Muslims shows that we care about them and believe in the power of prayer. It demonstrates our relationship with God and avoids many of the arguments which so often result from talking about faith. When we hear about their needs, we should be ready to offer prayer. I like to pray with them (rather than simply promising to pray), and to link the prayer in some way to Jesus. Praying with our hands in front of us, palms open to the sky, is most readily understood. You will really be surprised at how many Muslims welcome such prayer!

Prayer results in Elijah-moments. As he stood on Mount Carmel, Elijah demonstrated the power of God to those who talked much about religion but had no power. God longs to show His power to Muslims and seems to delight to answer such prayers. Of course, we need to be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit, asking Him to guide us as we pray. We should not listen solely to our gung-ho nature (if we have one) nor to our fears (if we have them). Maybe some prayers will not bring obvious and immediate answers, but in the light of 1Timothy 2:1, how can we not pray?

‘I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.’

*Name has been changed.

Written by AWM UK’s former Ministry Team Co-ordinator and edited, with permission, for the website.

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