Peace be upon you.
Prayer, is a deep supplication to the lord who I call Allah, and Jesus pbuh called him Elah or Elohim, and not God. If You look through the bible it shows you how Jesus pbuh and the rest of the prophets prayed. See it’s not just prayer alone, it’s prayer and fasting that helps the soul. plus when I read the Bible, as a Muslim, I see how many times a day they prayed and how many times they fasted. If one say they follow Jesus pbuh, then you must do what he does. for instants:
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing but by Prayer and FASTING.
But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing [was] sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
I can go on and on. So prayer alone just don’t cut it. For now in these times, I don’t see Christians especially in America fasting. I see some do it for 7 days, but I know Jesus and Moses to do it for 40 days, just like Muslims do it for 30 days. But the 7 days they do it is incorrectly done. They think they are fasting drinking water but don’t touch food. let your own Bible dictionaries tell the truth as I post them and you can check what I said out.
From The Dictionary of Biblical Theology the definition of fasting is as follows:
Fasting consist in depriving oneself of all food and drink, and even sexual relations, for one or more days, from one sunset to the next.
From the Bible Encyclopedia page 717 it states:
Fasting, from the complete of partial abstention from food and drink, and sometimes sexual intercourse, has in the Old Testament the character of self humiliation, as the Hebrew term fro fasting indicates: sum= innan nefes, “ bow down the soul”.
Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam states:
Fasting in Islam is required during Ramadhan, the ninth month of the Muslim Lunar calendar, during which all Muslims are required to abstain during daylight hours from eating, drinking, or engaging in sexual activity. Through heightened awareness of their bodily needs, Muslims come to greater awareness of the presence of Allah/God and acknowledge gratitude for Allah’s/God’s provisions in their lives.
The word Saum in Arabiah is the same as Sum in Hebrew, it means to BURN also as bow down the soul! Muslims fast just like The Children Of Israelites did back in the early times. We start our fast at the break of dawn to the sunset. Even in the Israelite culture they used the lunar calendar also, not solar as the western culture does. As I study the Hebrew More I am seeing a lot of things Christians are not doing and are not following Christ.I don’t blame the followers up to a certain point but I blame the preachers and scholars who lie, but I have your own books to prove everything.
I would love to keep a healthy discussion