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About Prayer for believers and believe it or not for non-believers. Prayer and Praying

Updated on October 6, 2014

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

Probably not true. But an interesting concept.
Probably not true. But an interesting concept. | Source

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.

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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.

Where should we get our ideas for prayer?
Where should we get our ideas for prayer? | Source

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?

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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

Meditate and pray on the good things in life.
Meditate and pray on the good things in life. | Source

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great point. Thank you. Lately I have just been praying for happy. Oh dear -- if you dropped on into our home, you would think we are all lunatics. Oh well!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      4 years ago from Isle of Man

      "Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." Epicurus.

      Whatever you focus the mind upon is exactly what you get. If your prayer focuses on lack then that is what you have. Prayer like any thought is governed by laws the same way the motion of the planets around the sun are governed by laws. When we apply the laws we get what we ask for.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hmmm, I will have to think on the Michael. I only prayed not to get kicked out of school. An A would have been simply too great a miracle ;-)

      OTOH maybe I should have tried that because study and homework never worked.

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      5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      very cool write my friend

      I know I pray I get a A, in school ....but it will only be possible if I study and do the homework ..

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


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      H.B. Fortinberry 

      5 years ago from Connecticut

      Truly thought-provoking! As the Bible suggests that we "do all things to the glory of God", my perspective is that the consciousness of glorifying God, rather than ourselves or some other man, becomes the foundation/ground upon which prayer is laid. Meditation is absolutely prayer as well, and may prove to be most powerful as it emulates a laser's cavity, where light reflects light to a point of profound coherence. As we meditate upon word, a thought, a sound and most perfectly, the Word of God, the light within these "precepts" becomes charged with laser-like power that can effect tremendous change in our lives as well as the lives of others...Such is the power of prayer....

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Suzettenaples, I applaud your meditation. A fair translation of the Bible tells us to do it 18 times. No matter what form you use if your entry mantra is prayer to your God. You are good to go. Jesus is my Spirit Guide if I need to visualize, The Holy Spirit is if I need to concentrate on the inner self and the Father is if I am looking for wholeness. Meditation need not be prayer but it sure can be.

      Thank you for bringing up this important aspect. If you do not believe me visit a monastery. ;-)

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great article. No one owns the copyright on prayer. I found this article interesting and though-provoking. I hope you don't think me sacreligious, but I use prayer to meditate. How's that for a combination of East and West religion? I find prayer brings me peace and serenity and it aids me in meditation. Thanks for such an interesting and informative article.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A very exhilarating experience is to just pray for 3 days. Near the end a piece of me just wanted to stay, but the answers to the closing prayers made clear that was not to be.

      Michele what you say is so true, Thank you. And the great sister of prayer is also true, we have the power to answer many for our Lord.

    • Michele Travis profile image

      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing this hub. You can pray for others, thank God for forgiving your sins, telling God you love Him, asking Him to lead you on the path He wants you to follow. There are so many things to pray for.

      Wonderful hub.

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      Paul K Francis 

      5 years ago from east coast,USA

      I like your ideas about prayer and I enjoyed reading your hub. Have a nice day.


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