It is not uncommon to come across people who do not attach much importance to the power of prayer or the important of prayer in our daily lives. Such individuals usually remark – What is the importance of Prayer? What is the purpose of Prayer?
Before proceeding ahead, we would like to inform our readers that the purpose of this article is to share some useful information and we discuss here some commonly asked and often discussed questions like:
- What is Prayer
- What is the importance of Prayer?
- What is the purpose of Prayer?
- What are the benefits of Praying?
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It is hoped that if the reader receives the information with an open mind, he would be benefited.
At the same time it must be emphasized here that the author or this website is neither linked nor they are propagating and particular faith, religion or cult. Also it is not at all an attempt to convince atheist to become theist.
What is Prayer
A person who believes in Higher Power or God and when he mentally or verbally communicates his thoughts, requests, desires or just the feelings to God is Prayer.
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It is simply a sincere but genuine communication to God by the human beings. Although theological meaning or definition of prayer may differ from one religion to another and could even be complicated to understand. Prayer is something anyone can do or say anywhere and at any time.
The Importance of Prayer
Prayer is one of the most important things for any person who has faith in God and he may be a Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh or just about anyone. They are simply in communication with God or the Higher Powers and the subject matter in that prayer could be anything.
What is the purpose of Prayer?
Prayer can be seen as a means of connecting us humans with the divine that is the creator and controller of all that is.
The reason or the purpose to pray can be one or many. For instance:
1. To Tap the Inner Force
We can use prayer as a way to tap into the creative energy within us and its source is the Universe. Prayer is an opportunity to put our body and mind to a state of peace and be quiet. This helps us to connect with the Universal Force better. In simple language, prayer is a way of spending time with God.
The better the quality of connection, better would be our experience to draw upon the resources of Universal Computer for ideas, energy to transcend our own suffering. In other words, by praying we open ourselves to experience the power of divine and its bliss.
This process of praying, when repeated regularly let us to access infinite wisdom or receive the creative energy.
This experience can show us new alternatives, lead us to a better path. During tough times, we get a reassuring feeling through prayer that God is always with us. This feeling and the new path gives us the strength.
2. To Center Ourselves
Another important purpose to say prayers is to center ourselves. While centering itself is a very broad term, it can be said that Prayer helps us to accept who we are, and to be more in present and be aware of our surroundings and environment.
Various spiritual practices like meditation, observing silence etc. and other rituals also have a calming effect and prayers also belong to this category. You can find these practices common across some religious traditions. Unlike traditional methods and rituals of prayer, contemplative practices have been shown to have significant medical benefits to its practitioners. (See e.g. Harvard Medical School’s Herbert Benson: stress, depression and even many physical diseases are positively affected by meditation and prayer).
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3. To forgive and forget
It is well known fact that if we hold grudges, hatred against someone we spoil our own physical and mental health. Hence to allow healing to be effective, one has to practice forgiveness.
Prayer can be an effective method of forgiveness, both for the bad things we have done in our lives and for the wrongs we feel others have committed against us.
Once we are rid of negative emotions and feelings through prayers, we can look forward to a healthier and positive life again.
4. To acquire the qualities of empathy and compassion
We have been taught that besides praying for oneself, a person can also pray effectively for others too. When we pray for others, we think, wish and pray for their wellness, progress, growth, good health, faster healing, relief from sufferings etc. This creates our connection for others and inculcates the qualities of empathy and compassion.
Our connection with others gets strengthened as we come to realize that same spark of God is running in us.
5. To express gratitude
When we pray for others or someone prays for us, we realize that it is being done purely out of love and compassion and not because of any monitory compensation or any ulterior motive.
Naturally it generates a feeling of thankfulness towards the person who is praying. This also makes us realize that that we have social bonding. It is clear message that we are a part of the society and family and we as individuals are interlinked and interdependent.
This feeling makes us thankful for the friends and family we have who always take care of us. We realize that it is feeling which gives us true happiness and is much above the materialistic things or money.
Benefits of Praying
Since it’s so easy to get distracted from the divine path, it’s worth reminding ourselves of some of the awesome benefits of prayer. Do not ever feel discouraged and consider giving up on prayer. Just on the contrary, make it a habit to pray everyday and throughout your life.
Here are a few of the several benefits of praying that I do believe this will encourage you to build up a life time habit.
Daily Prayer Can Lift Up Physical, Emotional, Mental, And Spiritual Levels
With daily and dedicated praying, one can also experience miracles in personal life such as the healing, peace, happiness, joy and removal of obstacles.
Prayer Brings Hope and Strength
Sometimes we forget just how powerful prayer is. Prayer gives us the strength and the faith to victoriously finish the race of life.
Prayer Lets You Enjoy Peace Of Mind
Divinity resides in peace. You may also say that divinity blesses us with peace also. Connecting to God gets us peace of mind through Him.
We are reassured that everything will work out just fine if we rely on Him. We find that idea peace giving when we surrender to his will and trust his ability, instead of focusing on the problem at hand.
Prayer Helps You Understand God’s Will
God has sent each one of us to this planet with a specific purpose. God has a plan for every one of us.
Prayer helps us to connect with God better. Prayer lets us focus on our task and teaches us to have faith and surrender the outcome to the will of God.
Prayer Changes Us
When we spend time connecting to Higher Powers, be more peaceful, introspect, become more thoughtful and compassionate it slowly starts changing us towards better.
The more time we spend with God, the more we imbibe the divine qualities. The habits and lifestyles begin to change. We no longer live a self-centered life. On the contrary, we think of the society and want to sincerely do something for others with a pure and kind heart. Prayer changes us inside out.
Prayer Makes Us Fearless and Confident
Once you are connected to the highest power, do you now need to fear anyone or anything? God is always by your side. Is it not enough to remove all your fears, anxieties and worries? In turn this makes you a more confident person.
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Hopefully now you know what is prayer; the importance of prayer and the advantages of praying . So proceed, pray regularly, pray earnestly and pray with full faith. Once you have the spirit of faith, devotion, surrender and welfare of everyone in your heart, your prayers shall be answered appropriately and at the right time.
Links to articles on prayers and prayers for specific purposes and time of the day:
- Morning Prayer
- Short Good Night Prayers
- Prayer for Unexpected Income
- Prayer For A Financial Miracle
- Money and Abundance Prayer
- Prayer for Good Career Success
- Prayer for Healing
- Prayers for Good Health
A humble request to our readers,
Please do share these divine prayers with your parents, spouse and children, so they too can benefit and always feel blessed and grateful!