What prayer means to you?

“God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers”. Abdul Kalam

Some days back I was listening to the radio and they were doing a survey on how do people start their day. I was amaze to hear that 70% of people said that they start their day with prayer.  I also start my day with prayer and therefore I was curious to find out why do people pray and how to pray and for what to pray. My search gave me below understanding.

Prayer is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble:  prayer is a life attitude.  Walter A. Mueller

Prayer is a two way communication with God.  We tell all our worries, cares and frustration to him and God reply back with his love, which sometimes we understand and sometimes we don’t. Prayer is not something which we only say when we are in trouble but it is a way to stay connected with God. I always see God as our parent, our guardian. Through prayer, we tell our needs to him or we just tell God that how much we love him and how much we trust him. When we stop bargaining with God and start opening up our souls to God, our prayers suddenly start working.

With our limited understanding, sometimes we feel that our prayers are not answered or God doesn’t listen to us. Some people think that prayer just means asking for things, and if they fail to receive exactly what they asked for, they think the whole thing is a myth.  Sometimes it is for our benefit that God don’t approve all our prayer. He is our master, he created us. He knows what is right and what is wrong for us. Just like our parents, they know what is right for their kids.

“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired”. Martin Luther

If somebody asks me what are the three main criteria for meaningful prayer then I would say it is “Faith, Faith and Faith”. One of the main reasons why prayers are unanswered is because people don’t have trust in God. God’s answer to our prayers may be very different from the answer we were looking for. It may come as the courage to face what we have feared. God’s answer may be the ability to accept the truth. Or it may appear as a light in the room filled with darkness. We all know that the base of every relationship is trust, so why we do not have in relationship with God.

“When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart”.  ~John Bunyan

The best way to pray is that the words should come from your heart. Prayer should have feelings in it. When we pray with the whole hearted, our connection with God becomes stronger. Our involvement increases and it becomes pleasant experience. Whenever we pray we should pray for all. If you want happiness for yourself then pray for happiness of all. We all are God’s children and he also likes when one of his child pray for all his children.  

“If we could all hear one another’s prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burdens”. Ashleigh Brilliant

Blessings of Prayer.

  • Prayer is a way to get connected to our origin, God.
  • Prayer spoken from heart solves many problems of life. When one door is locked, God open ten more.
  • Prayer helps in relieving stress because we give all our problems to God and know that he will help us. It changes our focus from tension to solution.
  • Prayer also brings forgiveness. The scientists defined forgiveness as the diminishing of the initial negative feelings that arise when you’ve been wronged. Study has shown that prayer help us in reducing those negative feelings.
  • Prayer has physical and spiritual healing effect.  The research has shown that people who pray regularly are less likely to become ill and that when they do, they tend to recover faster.

Let me end this article with my favorite prayer.

“May all be happy. May all be free from disease. May boons be showered on all. Let none meet miseries.”

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