Did Jesus Pray Like a Muslim? (David Wood)

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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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