The Incredible Power of Prayer

God is my friend

Thanks to donnaisabella for her lovely question. I would love to share my thoughts on this wonderful topic. My sincere thanks to onegreenparachute for the inspiration I got for making this hub.

God is my dear friend and a friend in need too. I simply ask Him if He would do me a favor and He does like a good friend! Actually I don't pray asking him for mundane things but when I am in real trouble which has been caused for reasons beyond my comprehension, I simply surrender to Him asking Him to pull me out of it if He thinks I deserve it. And like a close friend who understands what I want, He tries His best to help and if I deserve to be helped, I am.

I don’t criticize Him if he doesn’t help me so much as I expected because I have come to believe that it is my turn to go through bad times and suffering and if God hasn’t heard my prayers, poor He must be helping someone with a problem worse than mine or it is simply that He needs to rest a while! After all, all of us need to face adversities in life, otherwise what is the fun if life were a bed of roses? We would never learn new lessons in life without adverse situations though no one longs to be in one.

Different forms of prayer

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A good lesson learned

A few years ago, my son and I had a wonderful opportunity of listening to a great scholar and spiritual leader. He told the gathering that there was no point in asking God for this and that all the time. And then there was no point in complaining about God’s complacent nature if we didn’t get what we wanted (I have heard many people crib about God’s unwillingness to help them in times of trouble when in fact the only times they turn to God is when they have a problem).

According to him, our life is pre-determined. Everything from birth to the end of our life is already designed and will be executed at the appropriate times. There is no need to disturb Him by asking Him all for kinds of things. All the same we do turn to God for solace. There is nothing wrong with that. We do feel lighter once we have transferred our worries to God. But annoying Him with our whims and fancies will not solve our problem (“Oh God! You gave my neighbour a beautiful car! Why don’t you give me one too?” and other trivia) when we don’t put in any effort towards such things.

How many of us believe in Destiny?

Whatever is destined to happen in your life will happen, come what may. No force or power can stop that. If God were to answer all our prayers, then there would be no death in this world. Mothers won’t lose their beloved children or vice versa. Couples will not be separated by death and there will be an ever increasing population that would make the world suffocated!

I listened intently to whatever the spiritual Guru had to say, and at the end of it I was convinced by what he conveyed. I understood the essence of what he said. Everyone has his/her destiny. You will have to go through good and bad times; perhaps praying to God will lessen the intensity of the problems.

I am not so much of a praying person but my conversations with God are very interesting though it is I who do the talking all the time without waiting for His response! Of course I do get answers from Him but that comes from within me; He shows me the way. That is more important than trying to see if God talks to you personally.

And I know exactly when my prayers are going to be answered - a beautiful inner peace descends on me putting to silence all the turbulence my mind was experiencing all the while - and instantly I know my problems are going to be solved. This is a practice of the mind. Your faith in Him is so strong that you know you will eventually get the answers you are looking for and they come to you from the deepest bottom of your mind that was surprisingly confused with all kinds of crazy thoughts just a few days or weeks ago or however long the problem had been bothering you.

Prayer and religion

According to my religion (I really don’t practice one now though when people ask, I have to reply that I am a Hindu by birth because I intend no hurt to anyone) we should regularly pray and this prayer has a certain procedure like lighting a lamp in front of the deity that we worship and chant ‘mantras’ to appease God.

It is believed that by doing this, God answers all our prayers. No offense meant, but I personally don't believe in such a practice. I do strongly believe in the Supreme power, God. To me He is one with whom I talk, exchange pleasantries- he is almost there with me all the time. To me god is a dear friend who would consider my requests and help me in times of need. To me God is one, some call Him Jesus, some call him Allah and some like me call Him Krishna.

Prayer is important but it is more important to see that your faith in Him solves many of your issues bringing you closer to Him. Through this hub, I want to reiterate the fact that your prayers will be answered if you are faithful and sincere in your approach to God and also pray for help only in very critical situations. The most important part, however, is the reminder that we should not forget to thank Him everyday for all that He has given us.

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bearnmom 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This article is well written and thought through. I can only add that God does answer our prayers but sometimes he says, "No." I'll comment more in an article that yours has inspired me to start.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi bearnmom,

Thank you for stopping by and posting a nice comment. Yes, I agree with you that God does say "no" sometimes and as I mentioned in the hub, I do accept that too because we can't have a smooth life throughout getting everything that we could wish for.

Look forward to reading your hub. Do let me know when you publish it. Would love to read another article on the same topic.

Warm Regards

Rema


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onegreenparachute 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

Hello Remaniki, I very much agree with you and I know what you mean when you write that a beautiful inner peace descends on you. I have experienced this too. Thank you for your Hub.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi onegreenparachute,

Thanks very much for the comment. In fact only after reading your hub did I get inspired to make this hub because I could relate to your experiences. Thanks for the inspiration.

Actually I wanted to mention your name in my hub but in my excitement (I've published a hub on my favorite topic after almost a year you see) missed it. Will include it now because the credit for this hub goes to you as the person who kindled my thoughts.Thanks again.

Cheers

Rema


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r jayanthi 4 years ago from india

hi rema great hub, I agree that that the power of prayer is incredible. Its true that having all our prayers answered makes life boring! Its like eating sweets all the time. We can appreciate the good things only when we have experienced the bad.We should give thanks to God for our blessings!


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Jayanthi,

Thank you very much for the visit. Glad you liked it.

Cheers

Rema


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

My relationship with God has given me much peace and joy in my life. I think this is a well written and interesting hub. The power of prayer is something I've experienced in the most unexpected ways. Answers are not always yes the moment you ask, sometimes answers take time. Voted up!


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you Pamela for the visit and the comment. It is a very strange relationship too in the sense that it is something special to you and not everyone else can understand it. Yes, I agree that I too derive peace from this beautiful relationship with God.

Cheers

Rema


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

beautiful hub remaniki. this portrayed the strong person you are inspite of your arthritis. I am a firm believer of destiny and karma and thus, the pain I endure from arthritis makes me ponder on how many souls I might have hurt...thus, this pain!!

voted up as awesome hub and sharing it across


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neeleshkulkarni 4 years ago from new delhi

nice thoughts well penned Remaniki.

my gurujee often says "all your needs are being taken care of" and i believe sincerely in that.

It is needs mine you not wants,which anyways are endless.but if one trusts in the almighty to provide for all that is needed, every prayer is answered even before it is uttered.I have on a daily basis almost seen the truth of this and can justifiably claim that HE answers all my prayers, even the unsaid ones.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you Ruchira for the lovely feedback. You are a very sweet and genuine person, so I can't imagine you hurting people at all. Of course I used to say the same thing before but not any more. If we have to suffer a few set backs in life, it is ok. Let's face them. They make us stronger, don't they? Good luck!

Cheers

Rema


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Neelesh,

Thank you very much for stopping by and posting a comment.

Cheers

Rema


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi neelesh,

Thanks very much for stopping by and posting a nice comment. Cheers

Rema


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Hi Rema,

I have and I believe all those who place their trust in God, have their prayers answered. I agree with you as I have personally seen Him answering my prayers time and again. It is also true that not all prayers are answered as He accedes to only those that He deems good for us.

A very well written hub. Voting it up, useful and shared.


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Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

Great hub. I believe in power of prayer too.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks Rajan for the lovely comment here. Thank you for the share and the votes too. Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Ruchi,

Very kind of you to visit and post a nice comment. Thanks a lot. Cheers, Rema.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I certainly believe in the power of prayer. Just talking to God helps even over trivial events. The last thing I do at night before falling asleep is to pray and thank God for the blessings I received that day.

I voted this Hub UP, and will share.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Mary,

I do the same Mary. I pray at the end of the day thanking Him for a good day. Thank you very much for your comment and the votes and share. Cheers, Rema.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Prayer is a powerful thing Rema. I was brought up Roman Catholic and even went to Catholic school, where I was taught and had to memorize all the Christian prayers. That said I do believe more in what you said here today that prayer is important, but that a lot is predestined and we should not bother God for just frivolous things. When I pray in the comfort of my own home it usually is more for comfort and just to be heard for whatever is truly a worry at that point. Very nicely said though and have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!


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mackyi 4 years ago from Philadelphia

Hi Rema, I must applaud the great job you have done here -- awesome! God is everything to me and I know he will come through for me at an appointed time of his choosing --- not mine! I have to agree with you that while God is in the process of providing a way out for another person who might be in a more critical position than yours, whenever that job is completed he will come to your rescue. All you have to do is to be patient and have the faith to believe he is going to provide the answer to your prayer. Voted up awesome!


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi mackyi,

Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my hub and comment. My friendship with God has brought me peace for which I am thankful to Him forever.

Thanks very much for the appreciation too. Cheers, Rema.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

A great inspiring hub, prayers are answered if you truly believe .Voted up, and shared.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you Nithya. What a coincidence! I just opened the video hub of yours (was going there to read it) when I saw this comment of yours.

Yes, very true. Our faith is truly the single reason for our prayers being answered. Cheers, Rema.

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