Prayer in Christianity and Islam: A Common Ritual for Inter-Faith Relations
Prayer is an important and common ritual in Christianity and Islam. Christians and Muslims share a common belief that through prayer man communicates with God and builds a relationship with Him. Prayer in the two religions under study can either be said privately or publicly. The commonality of prayer in the two religions can be a means through which Christians and Muslims can relate better. This article discusses Prayer and how prayer could be used as a common ritual for inter-faith relations. This article also explores the types of prayer in Christianity and Islam as well as the difference between multireligious prayer and Interreligious prayer. Finally, this article outlines some points to consider before organising an interfaith prayer and concludes that a successful Interfaith prayer can lead religious people to mutually respect and understand each other.
Makafui M. Tayviah, PhD is a lecturer at the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.