Friday, February 12, 2016
The Quran, Islam’s holy book, is a collection of jumbled statements and stories in a random arrangement. Most of its stories are fractured and lack consistency. Subjects and themes are not connected.
So fractured are narratives in the Quran that only one story has a clear beginning, middle, and end: the story of Joseph. All the other stories pick up in the middle, or else they are never carried to their conclusion.
The Quran admits that Satan sometimes intervened and gave Muhammad “an inspiration.” It also states that Muhammad forgot some parts of it. Several chapters start with meaningless three-letter words such as alr, alm, etc. Even great quranic interpreters cannot find a meaning for such words.
Great and wise God, you are holy. We magnify your name and worship your majesty. You are our God, Lord, King and Savior. Thank you for the truth of the Gospel and for the consistency of your Word.
I pray for the Muslims I know, for Muslims around me, and for Muslims I have met recently. They are guided by a book that is far from being your holy Word. Help them see and realize the incohesion and confusion in their book.
Reveal yourself to them. Show them Jesus in his compassion, sacrificial love and forgiveness. Let your Word penetrate their hearts. May they be convicted by your Holy Spirit to repent of the sin of rejecting your Son. May they believe in his redemptive power and kneel to him at the cross.
Help them grow in their knowledge of Christ. Anoint them and send them forth to announce the Good News to other Muslims.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
“If you believe, you will see the glory of God” (John 11:40).