“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6: 5-8)
How did Isa Teach His Disciples to Pray?
In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus teaches us how to pray Allah’s prayer. This prayer is not meant to substitute for our personal prayer time with Allah, nor is it a transcript to be recited, but rather, it is a prayer to Allah to seek His will and guidance in our lives. The message bears much more weight than the way the words are spoken.
“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,[a]
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,[b]
but rescue us from the evil one.
Does Isa Really Listen to Us if We Call to Him Wholeheartedly
Ever since we were children, we always wanted a best friend that can be with us when we need them to listen to us, advise us, and to love us. Isa Al Masih is the real life best friend that we have always desired. More importantly, His relationship with us always existed! It is our lack of knowing Him or our disconnect that contributes to a less than close relationship. But He even said Himself that He will never turn away those that come to Him. “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (Injil, John 6:37)
Those are the words of Jesus Himself. All we have to do is believe, and Allah does the rest.
How Can We Know Allah On a Personal Level
In order to have a personal relationship with our Creator, we should understand who Jesus is. Jesus is both in the Quran and the Bible, two different and yet similar accounts but both descriptions are God inspired, and, therefore, looking into the Bible to understand Jesus reveals to us a more illustrative picture of Allah.
The best way to know Allah on a personal level is to study the life of Isa Al Masih and identify all of the ways He is both Jesus the human and Jesus the One with God.
To understand the life of Isa Al Masih, please refer to the Desire of Ages in the “Resources” tab.
How Important Is Prayer?
In order to establish a relationship with Allah, prayer is absolutely essential. We often forget that spending time with God requires as much effort as we make to spend time with our family and friends. Furthermore, it is the most important relationship to take care of. It is not meant to be a time to recite any specific prayer, but a personal prayer in which we fully consecrate ourselves to Allah.
Prayer is not just a time to ask for what we want, and praying when we want something should not be the only time we pray .We are told by Isa Al Masih, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. ” (Matthew 6:33)
Often times, we pray for things in our lives, be it a new job, a spouse, healing, financial help, maybe even a new puppy. Whatever the reason, seeking Allah because we want something is not the sole reason to go to Him. We go to Him first, simply seeking Him, His presence, His guidance, and everything will be added to us.
Allah knows our hearts, He knows our circumstances, He knows when we have done wrong even if we don’t repent. But it is through developing a relationship with Him that all of the things we desire begin to work out, sometimes not according to how we see them, but how HE sees fit.
A thought to ponder: What if your friends and family only ever came to you to ask something from you. What if that was the only time they took out of their day to speak to you? How would you feel? Now imagine Allah hearing so many requests but so few attempts to build a relationship with Him.