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What is Prayer?

You here it all the time,

Pray for the country.

Prayer for me.

Prayers go up to those who lost someone in a tragedy.

But what is prayer?

In most contexts, prayer is a considered a religious practice as most religions do encourage prayer.

For Muslims, the Qua-ran instructs Muslims to pray 3 times a day and it is a habitual practice of them to pray 5 times a day.

For Christians, prayer is encouraged to be a practice in all things and in every aspect of life.

“Pray without ceasing.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:17 English Standard Version)

And while Buddhist may not pray to a higher deity per say like Christians and Muslims, you will find prayer as a Buddhist practice as well.

And the list goes on of both religious as well as non-religious groups that practice some form of prayer.

Prayer is not foreign to humanity; in fact, it has been apart of who we are since the beginning.

It’s About Communication

Prayer is merely communication.

It is a form of communication where communication is earnest, honest and sincere.

We can pray in thanks.

We can pray in need.

We can pray in want.

We can pray in joy.

We can pray in sadness.

We can pray alone.

We can pray together.

We can pray inside.

We can outside.

We can pray anywhere.

We can pray anytime.

Prayer is Powerful

Prayer is not hocus pocus. It is not a form of magic or witchcraft.

But prayer has its transformational and effectual impact on those who do pray.

According a report done by Healthline, Prayer can improve a person's mental health, such as reducing anxiety and stress. In turn, this can translate into ‘better physiological functioning’ such as lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lower blood pressure, and improved immune functioning.”

For some prayer precipitated the mind to be clear so that new ideas and solutions to their problems could arise and come about.

Anyone Can Pray

Anyone can pray.

It is not limited to the the good doers, the moral upright and pious individuals of society.

Prayer is open to anyone whose willing to communication whether vocally or mentally the things in which they need communicate about.

Prayer Starters

If you are struggling with establishing the practice of prayer or starting out on what to say, here are some simple prayer starters to help open up your heart to earnest, honest and sincere dialogue:

“I am grateful that ...”

“I would like ...”

“I struggle with .... and I would like to overcome ...”

“I need ...”

Prayer and Possibilities

You don’t have to be afraid of prayer or feel like you need to be perfect to pray.

Prayer is not about righteousness, morality or a religious practice. It is more so a human practice that we’ve incorporated into every form of religion that we have.

When you open yourself to prayer and to the act of praying, you open your mind up to think: to think with intention and with purpose.

And when you do pray earnestly, honestly and sincerely, you embrace possibilities.


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