The Missing Link - Relationship

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Understanding Islam and How to Pray for the Muslim World


Introduction

It can be said that followers of Islam are missing something in their relationship with their god—relationship. Because of his character and nature, Allah does not know or understand the concept of relationship. But the essence of the character of the God of the Bible is love, which is expressed in relationship between Him and His followers.


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For the most part, the Church has not shown Muslims this relationship possibly out of fear, selfishness, or complacency. As a result of this apathy on the part of some of the Church, Jesus Himself has been standing in the gap. Thousands of Muslims have been having miraculous dreams and visions of a ‘Man in White’ and are turning to Him as their Lord and Savior. So how can we, as Followers of Christ, reach our Muslim neighbors, foreign and domestically, since we are called to make disciples of all nations?

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
— 2 Peter 3:9

First, we should be in prayer and always be guided by and rely solely on the Holy Spirit. He is our Counselor, the Giver of Life, and the Spirit of Truth. Without the Holy Spirit preparing a person’s heart to receive God, that person will not become a disciple, a Follower of Jesus. And without prayer, individuals’ hearts will not be prepared. Secondly, it is helpful to be familiar with Muslims’ beliefs and practices. Though we rely on the Holy Spirit, many Muslims respond positively and even feel honored that we took time to learn even a small amount about Islam. They will see that a Follower of Jesus cares enough about them to learn about what they believe. Thirdly, we should be looking for ways to minister to Muslims’ felt needs. The love of Christ should be shown not just in words but, more importantly, in deeds. The Love of Christ is what brings Muslims to Jesus. For Muslims, Jesus or Isa, is a beloved prophet whom they respect. However, Isa is not the same Jesus of the New Testament. We should pray that the Holy Spirit reveals to Muslims the deity of Jesus, the Messiah, and the love that He has for them. When Muslims are shown the full assurance of salvation that Jesus provides, they will know in their hearts that Jesus wants a relationship with them. At this moment, Muslims will finally have what they have desired for so long—a relationship with the one true living God and full assurance of paradise.

So we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.
— 1 Thessalonians 2:8

How to pray

Pray that God will, first and foremost, renew your faith and fill you with His Spirit. Only by the Holy Spirit can we represent Jesus and love people well. Consistenly, we need to draw our strength from Him and Him alone, never relying on our knowledge of the scriptures or our beliefs. In many cases, our experiences and belief systems can be stumbling blocks. Today, we need God to open our minds and hearts to Him anew. Secondly, we need to pray that Muslims will realize that God desires relationship with them and that through this realization they will cling to us, Followers of Christ, as demonstrators of this coveted relationship. May they see the relationship we have with our living God, which will move their hearts to jealously desire it too.

PRAYER STARTER

Father, thank you for the love that You have for me. Renew my heart and mind today in the truth and ignite my heart again with the fire like when I first encountered the truth of Jesus and received You as my Lord and Savior. Let this burning passion in me be the driving force to desire Muslims to come to Christ. Let me share in the burden that You care so passionately, desiring that none should perish, but all would come to the saving knowledge of Jesus, the Messiah. In the powerful and holy name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.


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