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How to Pray in Unusual Ways

Updated on November 1, 2017

Praying is talking to God. Like in any communication, words are only part of how we interact. Many people think they have to master prayer like one would master mathematics or art. Prayer is a surrendering of ourselves to God. It is laying before Him what we are not what we think we ought to be. True prayer does not require practice. It is the abandonment of self. Everything we do with love without thought of that love is praise enough. Prayer is not complicated. It is simply and honestly connecting with God. So not necessarily on bent knees, we can pray in unusual ways.


Singing - Saint Augustine once said that when one sings, one prays twice. When we sing we are in touch with the deepest aspects of our hearts. Singing is a whole body act and expresses our thoughts and emotions more powerfully than words alone. We can sing our prayers and pray our songs. It lifts people's spirits. Singing in celebration or mourning releases the soul freely to God. Walter Savage Lander once said, "Music is God's best gift to man; the only art of heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to heaven."

Gardening - No place can you feel closer to God than when you are working in the garden. There is something profound about gardening. We experience a seasonal connection with nature and the earth and we are forced to realize the interconnectedness of all living things. Gardens make the world more beautiful. They are the combination of our own creativity and the creativity of the earth. Turning a bare space into a garden is a satisfying endeavor and reaches to the very core of our natural selves. George Bernard Shaw once wrote, "The best place to seek God is in the garden. You can dig for Him there."

God's Creatures - We have all heard the saying "he prays best who loves all this both great and small." We are blessed with an intricate world of living things. Noticing and appreciating even the smallest of God's creations is a thank you prayer in itself. The beauty and complexity of the butterfly is God's gift to us. We owe it to God to treat every living thing He created with kindness and respect. Fellowship with all living things begins with gratitude and that is a prayer in itself. Mahatma Gandhi once said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

Dancing - Dancing a prayer is nothing new. It is the integration of body, mind and, if we do it right, soul. C.S. Lewis once said something like you are not really dancing if you are counting the steps. Abandoning yourself to expressive rhythms and moves is uplifting and can pave the way to meditation and spiritual awakening. Dance is prayer in motion. It is a praising of God using movement. Whether alone or in community, dancing energizes the spirit and gives new life to human emotions. In Psalm 149:3 it says, "Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre."

Art - Taking brush to canvas or pencil to paper can be one of the most rewarding forms of prayer. While creating an image, we are forced to look deeper into ourselves and to "see" more than just what is there. In this state, we become in tune with our inner selves and the devotion required can be an exercise in prayer. Art puts the artist in a spiritual place. As we work on our art, our art works on us. American writer, Frederick Busch once said, " Good art is a form of prayer. It's a way to say what's not sayable."

Work - It is difficult to think of work or labor as a gift from God never mind a way to pray. When God created mankind, he immediately put them to work. In Genesis 2:15, it says, "Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it." If we look at our work as a way to please God (as well as putting food on the table) it becomes a spiritual act. Work is prayer expressed in action. Even the most mundane and humble of jobs can be done in love. Work contributes to society and perseverance in accomplishing even little things with God in mind is prayer.Horace Mann once said, "...It is the spirit that is carried into an employment that elevates or degrades it."

Walking - Like dancing, walking is praying in motion. It is a fusion of body and mind, of being and doing. Walking has been used as a tool for prayer and meditation by monks for centuries. It provides an easy connection to the universe and losing yourself to the rhythm leaves you uncluttered and open to God. Walking is a freeing practice especially when walking in nature. The appreciation of natural beauty is a prayer in itself. Walking can slow down time and be a meditative act. Journalist Hal Borland wrote, "All walking is discovery. On foot we take the time to see things whole."

"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart." Mahatma Gandhi


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    • manatita44 profile image


      6 years ago from london

      An extremely beautiful Hub and voted up as well as awesome and interesting. You've looked at prayer well. Exquisite dance moves and TaiChi as forms of prayer.

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      6 years ago from london

      You have touched on a very beautiful and profound subject and done it well. I commend your efforts. Yes, an infinite variety of ways of expression, and I enjoyed your dance forms. God speed!!

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      6 years ago from north miami FL

      This sounds like something to try thank for the informative read

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for reading, Dr. Cil and Olde Cashmere.

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      Olde Cashmere 

      8 years ago

      I loved reading this suziecat. All of these are so great for the spirit and mind. Voted up and rated beautiful, useful, and awesome :)

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      Dr Cil 

      8 years ago

      Very inspiring poem. Prayer heals the spirit as always, thank you for such a beautiful hub!

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Daho - Active prayer is so much better. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      \Yes, there are many ways to pray. When I was in high school we had a good group going on a weekday evening. We got a new priest and the first thing he did was want us to memorize a bunch of prayers. The group soon fell apart. I thought it was time to go beyond memorized prayer. shared.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks everyone.

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      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      This is an excellent hub on prayer. Prayer is just conversation with God or a meditation on him. I hate it when people think the only way to pray is with prayers that are memorized.

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      Brian Leekley 

      8 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      All very good ideas. Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared. A good book on work and everyday routines as prayer is PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD by Brother Lawrence. A variety of walking prayer is walking a labyrinth.

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      8 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      This is lovely hub written from an inspiring point of view. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Sandra Busby 

      8 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      What a good topic for a hub. And nicely done. Thanks.

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      Richard J ONeill 

      8 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Interesting, indeed!

      I especially like the idea of gardening, god's creatures, and walking 'praying' because those are three of my most treasured activities.

      Nice topic. A feel good hub!


    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for stopping by, WillStarr.

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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. i prayed every time i was called to serve

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      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Voice - Thank you so much!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Lovely hub suzie, I always think that when we sing we are in tune with God and the Universe. It sends up a vibration that is so Spiritual and even the Universe sings! seriously, it does make a sort of hum, so even that knows a good tune!

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      8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This is a wonderful and profound Hub, Suziecat!

      Thank you!

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      VOICE CIW 

      8 years ago

      suziecat7, a very beautiful and interesting hub. I love this hub, I absolutely believe in prayer, and I love praying, I consider myself a prayer warrior. This hub is special and informative. God bless you my Sister in Christ.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      TeacherJoe - Thanks for sharing your Hong Kong experience. It sounds beautiful!

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Kryptowrite - I agree with you. Thanks so much for stopping by - always nice to see you.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Cloud Explorer - thank you so much for your kind remarks.

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      8 years ago


      I only wish all Christians understood this simple yet powerful truth.

      My favourite time is when in a certain place in the mountains in Homg Kong. I sit in the open on top of the hill (they call them mountains, but are really just big hills). There are waves of mountains before me. I close my eyes and play a flute from the heart. Soon there are about fifteen wild monkeys laying in the branches in the trees to my left. On the right there are beautiful wild parrots that come to join in. Ah, there is a communion like you would never see in church. It is very beautiful.

      Good girl suziecat. You've got it.

      God bless you.

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      Rodney C Lawley 

      8 years ago from Southeastern United States

      A refreshing perspective that is often overlooked by established religion. I believe that ones activities reflects one's true self, and many of the points that you have made ring very true to me.

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      Mike Pugh 

      8 years ago from New York City

      Beautiful hub here, I am into the meditation aspect of things in every way shape and form today. So I truly understand what you mean by prayer being all of these things you've mentioned here in your hub.

      To me breathing is also another form of prayer, because we must all submit to our creator by doing so, and have no choice by doing so.

      Like singing its an out flowing of spiritual self, and extending oneself to that of the inner environment from the outside in. Inhale, exhale, and prayers from above go hand in hand with dancing as well. These are some great thoughts to express on hubpages, awesome stuff!

      Voted up and shared everywhere possible, I also see that your somewhat in tuned with Tai Chi, I've done it a great deal many years back and will get back into it, it works wonders.

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      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Stessily - I also love that quote from Gandhi. I have always wanted to get into tai chi but haven't so far. Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to comment.

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      8 years ago

      suziecat, It's a helpful, interesting piece on prayer that you've presented here. I especially appreciate the quotes with which you end each activity section. Particularly powerful for me is the quote from Mahatma Gandhi: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." It is one of my topmost favorite quotes from that extraordinarily wise man who graced the 20th century with his presence.

      This is well written and lovingly presented. You show how easy it is to blend prayer with everyday life. Your selection of videos is fascinating. Especially valuable for me is the 42 tai chi poses, because I admire the restorative, peaceful flow of tai chi movements.

      Up + sharing.

      Kind regards, Stessily

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks, Pamela.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I think you are right. There are many ways to pray. Sometimes I hum praise songs when working around the house and I consider that prayer. Great hub!


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