How can it be the answer to everything? Well for those of you who pray a lot, you already know it is the answer. For those who have never prayed, you will have to take a leap of faith and give it a try. For those of you who don’t pray often, how long would you go without a drink of water? How long would you go without watering your plant? Praying is like watering your soul.
This, believe it or not, is also a good place to start even if you do not believe in God. Those who have not yet found the Love of God can start by taking an honest and sincere shot at the Skeptics prayer.
If you are one of those people who has never tried praying, perhaps do not know where to start, or maybe never really gave it the proper time, here are some basics of prayer.
The more you do it the more you will get out of it. For some free form prayers from the heart may feel more natural, and for others, a few memorized prayers might be a better start. The more you pray the more you will desire not only both of these approaches but other kinds of prayer styles. In the beginning, you might try spending just fifteen minutes and start it with “Our Father (The Lord’s Prayer) followed by some thanks to the Lord for recent blessing and perhaps offering up or give Him some of your concerns. Before I go too much into prayer let’s start with some basics:
What is Prayer?
In simplest terms, prayer is a loving conversation with God. It is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God. Prayer is a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. Prayer can be praise or thanksgiving, but most often it is a petition asking for proper gifts or graces from God.
By prayer, we acknowledge God’s power and goodness, our own neediness, and dependence. Prayers are powerful. Prayer can stop wars! Prayers can save lives. Prayers can heal the sick. Prayers can stop depression or anxiety. Anything is possible for those who believe. Our Lady also has said on July 21, 1982: “…Through fasting and prayer, one can stop wars, one can suspend the laws of nature…”
When should I pray?
- In the morning
- In the evening
- In the middle of the day
- Whenever possible
- All of the above
Where should I pray?
- In a quiet /peaceful place free from distractions in or outdoors
- In a private place
- In a church
- With two or more other believers in the true and living God
- All of the above
How should I pray?
- By yourself
- With two or more
- The Rosary (20 mysteries of Jesus said in a meditative way)
- Lectio Divina (holy reading)
- Liturgy of the Hours
- Worship service
- Church service
“It will bring Peace to your Soul”