Why Pray for Muslims?
In AFM, we are beginning a new prayer initiative called Friday Prayers for Muslims, and we are inviting YOU to be directly involved!
What is “Friday Prayers for Muslims”?
A network of mission-minded Seventh-day Adventists who engage in intentional intercessory prayer for the peoples of the Muslim world.
What is involved?
To intentionally pray each Friday morning for a Muslim friend, work colleague, neighbor, local imam, or for an unreached Muslim people group. Become friends with some local Muslims, and either intercede for them as an individual or set up a prayer circle in your local church!
What to pray for?
Every Muslim worldwide includes the phrase, “Show us the straight way” in their daily and Friday prayers. Pray for Jesus Christ to reveal Himself in an unmistakable way in answer to that prayer, claiming Jesus’ promise of John 10.16. Our website will have details every week of an unreached people group for whom you may pray in addition to your local Muslim friends. You may also use the following guides to assist you as your are led by God’s will.
Why “Friday Prayers for Muslims”?
Although we have profound theological disagreements with Islamic theology and many manifestations of Islamic practice, we must differentiate between Islam as a political-religious system and individual Muslims, just as we differentiate between Roman Catholic theology and individual Roman Catholics. For too long followers of Jesus Christ have relied on human proofs, intellectual logic and rational argument to convert Muslims – and historically speaking, this approach has failed. It is time to step back from the vanity of human argument and rely on the only One who alone can bring conviction, the Holy Spirit.
Why pray on Friday?
Every Friday, millions of Muslims around the world participate in Friday prayers at their local mosque. Muslims pray, listen to sermons, and are open to new spiritual insights in a particular way each Friday.
What about Islamic extremists and persecution of Christians?
This is perhaps one of the most emotive questions we must answer as we prayerfully seek a Christian response to the challenges posed by Islam. As Seventh-day Adventist Christians, Jesus Christ is our example and model. Therefore, we seek to model our response to the violence of others on the life, teachings and ministry of Jesus Christ. On the cross, Jesus responded to His executioners and torturers by repeatedly praying for their forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Lk. 23.34, KJV). Jesus’ response of grace to His torturers and executioners helped inspire the conversion of the Roman centurion who oversaw His crucifixion (Mk. 15.39). Jesus also taught His disciples how to respond to persecution. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Lk. 6.27-31). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus also taught His disciples how to respond to those the world may consider enemies. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matt. 5.43-44, NKJV). While recognizing and rejecting outright the violence done in the name of Islam, our response cannot be of vengeful violence or rejection in return. Rather, our response is to see beyond the violence and understand that our response may be the only manifestation of the Spirit of Jesus Christ the perpetrators of violence will ever encounter.
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