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Prayer is prayer
Why do people restrict prayers? Prayers are not the exclusive right to a religion. Prayers are yours and yours alone. Prayers are cool. Prayers are healthy. Prayer is not wishing. Prayer is not asking. So first we must decide what a prayer is to us.
This is a wonderful "definition" of prayer that comes from a oft not reliable source, wikipedia: Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with a deity, an object of worship, or a spiritual entity through deliberate communication. Of course it prattles on creating more confusion. But in that prayer is highly personal a specific definition would be a bit ludicrous.
Some examples that we do not think about are: A long distance runner's "zone"; A child asking his father, "may I please"; a husband begging his wife, "please do not leave me". I know I know some Christian will come along and think they own prayer and that only their kind of praying is legitimate prayer. But that sophistry is simply trying to usurp a concept and twist it to their desire. I got bad news for them. While a Christian is not to "worship" false idols and is only to pray to God, that does not restrict a non-christian from praying. No where is it written that only Christians with a perfect idea of God can worship or pray.
Hopefully my understanding of God is different than other Christians. Otherwise it would not be personal but rather uniform and conforming which seems quite circumspect.
They say there are no atheists in foxholes
Did you know that.....?
Some people pray sitting down. Some kneel. Some stand. Some lay down while others walk or run. Some do bowing and some look up. Some do a bowing motion and others bow and are still. Some folks to little hand gestures. Some put there hands together and others put them on their knees. Some folks pray all the time while others set aside time. Some only pray when the want something and others when they are thankful for something. Some pray for others and some pray for themselves. Some open their hearts, others there soul and still others chakras.
Well the author confesses to all of the above on a routine basis. Not that the author is covering all bases just that he likes all of them.
When we write a piece on something considered "religious" the administration here wants us to be aware of these pitfalls as though they are bad:
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Sorry but I had to giggle when I read that. Why? You ask. Because those would be great instruction on prayer. Kind of neat how that works. When communicating through prayer we should use some techniques that are similar to communicating with people. Certainly most discussion of a religious nature does not have concrete data. Should it?
I do not pray to this great guy. But I pray for a lot of the same things as he taught.
I have a brother who prays
He is a river runner and he prays to a river god sometimes. I asked him once what that was all about. And he smiled at me and said, "I do not know, you tell me, after all your God made the river". I hope you caught his nuance. He believes only that God is love. Otherwise why would he have given us the earth.
I have another atheist brother and he does not pray like me. But when he comes into a problem he cannot fix, like say his wife's health, while he is more apt to cuss the causes of illness he ultimately puts his faith in the doctors and says a remarkable thing to them, "thanks". Well I am hear to tell you that is a prayer of thanksgiving for the doctors.
I like oldt English. They say "I pray thee a quick and secure travel" and stuff like that.
Did you know the ending lines in a civil lawsuit complaint end in what is called the prayer. Really I kid you not. When they finally get to the point of what the want (1 million in compdnsatory damages) that is part of a prayer. Funny huh?
A little hokey pokey but I like it.
Somebody and probable thousands and thousand are praying right here in the heart of a communist country
Prayer is a open communication
Prayer does not need to be such and such. It just needs to be an opening of our inner self to something higher than ourselves.
Alcoholics Anonymous has probably had millions become sober by adopting a higher power. The idea there is clear that it need not be a God as we think of that idea. And yes they do reference praying to a door knob is that is all you got. I get it. And obviously that has huge healing power. Or it would not work so well.
Can you think of a man praying, please show me the right path to discovery --- and he is praying to science. Why not? I would venture that that prayer has been answered a lot!
Just take this poll for yourself
If you ask for things do you think you are praying?
I hope this does not bother anyone
I sincerely pray that you will have a wonderful and enlightening day. I pray that you liked this hub and that it brought you to explore ideas. And I pray no one begrudges anyone else for how they pray.
These to are praying that the fish comes up to feed
We pray you do not steal!
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