GOD SUSTAINS

There is no creature on Earth that is not dependent upon God for its provision. He knows where it lives and where it dies. They are all in a Clear Book. (Qur'an, 11:6)

God expands provision to anyone He wills and restricts it. They rejoice in the life of this world. Yet the life of this world, compared to the hereafter, is only fleeting enjoyment. (Qur'an, 13:26)

New Testament

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns... Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?... So do not worry, asking: "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For the pagans run after all these things... But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:25-27, 31-33)

Old Testament

The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food at the proper time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all His ways and loving toward all that He has made. (Psalm 145: 15-17)

 


TO REFRAIN FROM VANITY IN WORSHIP

So woe to those who perform prayer, and are forgetful of their prayer, those who show off
(Qur'an, 107:4-6)

New Testament

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 men. I tell you the truth: They have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray... (Matthew 6:5-6)

As he taught, Jesus said: "Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows' houses and, for a show, make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely." (Mark 12:38-40)

Old Testament

.... You are always on their lips but far from their hearts. (Jeremiah 12:2)


SINCERE PRAYER

Call on your Lord humbly and secretly. He does not love those who overstep the limits [that He has established]. (Qur'an, 7:55)

Remember your Lord in yourself humbly and fearfully, without loudness of voice, morning and evening. Do not be one of the unaware. (Qur'an, 7:205)

He is the Living-there is no god but Him-so call on Him, making your religion sincerely His. Praise be to God, the Lord of all the worlds. (Qur'an, 40:65)

O you who believe! Seek help in steadfastness and prayer. God is with the steadfast. (Qur'an, 2:153)

"Our Lord, do not take us to task if we forget or make a mistake! Our Lord, do not place on us a load like the one You placed on those before us! Our Lord, do not place on us a load we have not the strength to bear! And pardon us, forgive us, and have mercy on us. You are our Master, so help us against the unbelievers." (Qur'an, 2:286)

New Testament

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. (Ephesians 6:18)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Colossians 4:2)

And [we] will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word. (Acts 6:4)

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 ... This, then, is how you should pray: "... Hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." (Matthew 6:7-13)

Old Testament

O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in Your faithfulness and righteousness, come to my relief. (Psalm 143:1)

I spread out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a parched land. Answer me quickly... Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God… Lead me on level ground. … Preserve my life; in Your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. In Your unfailing love, silence my enemies... (Psalm 143:6-12)


GOD RESPONDS TO PRAYERS

If My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me. They should therefore respond to Me and believe in Me so that hopefully they will be rightly guided. (Qur'an, 2:186)

He Who responds to the oppressed when they call on Him and removes their distress, and has appointed you as inheritors of the land. Is there another god besides God? How little you pay heed! (Qur'an, 27:62)

New Testament

Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and the door will be opened to him who knocks. (Matthew 7:7-8)

Therefore I tell you: "Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)

Old Testament

In your distress you called and I rescued you. I answered you out of a thundercloud. (Psalm 81:7)


THE FEAR OF GOD

[Prophets are] those who conveyed God's Message and had fear of Him, fearing no one except God. God suffices as a Reckoner. (Qur'an, 33:39)

[People of intelligence are] those who join what God has commanded to be joined and are afraid of their Lord and fear an evil Reckoning. (Qur'an, 13:21)

Their sides eschew their beds as they call on their Lord in fear and ardent hope. And they give of what We have provided for them. (Qur'an, 32:16)

Old Testament

In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God. (Job 1:1)

The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. (Psalm 19:9-10)

Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. (Psalm 2:11)

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in His ways. (Psalm 128:1)

 

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