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The Best Places to Pray

Updated on January 18, 2016
Artist	 Johann Friedrich Overbeck (1789–1869)  Title	Praying Monk Date	1826 Medium	etching with drypoint on chine collé Dimensions	plate: 11.3 x 7.6 cm (4 7/16 x 3 in.) sheet: 16.2 x 11.2 cm (6 3/8 x 4 7/16 in.) Current location
Artist Johann Friedrich Overbeck (1789–1869) Title Praying Monk Date 1826 Medium etching with drypoint on chine collé Dimensions plate: 11.3 x 7.6 cm (4 7/16 x 3 in.) sheet: 16.2 x 11.2 cm (6 3/8 x 4 7/16 in.) Current location | Source

Where is the best place to pray?

It's an age-old problem. Let's say you've decided to follow the Lord. You understand that prayer is the way to His heart. But where is the best possible place to pray? Where must you go to be heard clearly? At what elevation is His ear most inclined to pick up the frequency of your plea? What places are most holy, and where will He just tune you out and ignore you? What places might actually anger Him if you prayed there? To the right we see a monk in prayer. He is probably in a church or a chapel, and he is on his knees with the cross in his hands. Is that the right way to do it? Is it the only way to do it, or does God allow a little more flexibility than that?

Author	 Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861)  Description	 This selection is from stories of wise and virtuous women This print illustrates Hatsuhana (初花) doing penance under the Tonozawa waterfall for the cure of her son s knee, until the austerities kille
Author Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) Description This selection is from stories of wise and virtuous women This print illustrates Hatsuhana (初花) doing penance under the Tonozawa waterfall for the cure of her son s knee, until the austerities kille | Source
Description	 English: The Saeta (a part) by Julio Romero de Torres. Español: La Saeta de Julio Romero de Torres. Polski: Saeta - obraz autorstwa Julio Romero de Torres. Date	1918
Description English: The Saeta (a part) by Julio Romero de Torres. Español: La Saeta de Julio Romero de Torres. Polski: Saeta - obraz autorstwa Julio Romero de Torres. Date 1918 | Source
Description	 Português: Pintura Joana d'Arc (1883) de Pedro Américo no Museu Nacional de Belas Artes. Date	29 March 2013, 12:36:09 Source	Museu Nacional de Belas Artes Author	 Pedro Américo
Description Português: Pintura Joana d'Arc (1883) de Pedro Américo no Museu Nacional de Belas Artes. Date 29 March 2013, 12:36:09 Source Museu Nacional de Belas Artes Author Pedro Américo | Source

A working list on the very best places to pray to God

  • In church.
  • On your knees by your bedside at home.
  • During grace at the dinner table.
  • Whenever and wherever you are when you face a huge problem that just won't wait.
  • Whenever and wherever you are when you see something unusually beautiful or meaningful.
  • When you've suffered a huge loss.
  • When you've enjoyed a wonderful triumph.
  • On the top of a mountain, viewing God's glory.
  • In a beautiful flower garden, viewing God's glory.
  • When you get a job.
  • When you lose a job.
  • When you are feeling grateful to have a job.
  • At the sight of a car wreck or other disaster, praying for those who have come to harm.
  • In a closet or basement during a tornado, praying that the disaster pass over you.
  • In the home of a friend who is facing a bitter, terrifying problem.
  • Holding the hand of a stranger who has begged you for alms. (But give him the earthly help as well.)
  • In your bed when you are sick.
  • Beside the bed of another person who is sick.
  • Wherever you are, the moment after you've lost your temper. (Even if you are certain you are right.)

Title	José Maria Martinez in prison praying to the Virgin and Chil Description	 José Maria Martinez in prison praying to the Virgin and Child of Guadalupe, 1798. Oil painting by a Spanish painter, 1798.
Title José Maria Martinez in prison praying to the Virgin and Chil Description José Maria Martinez in prison praying to the Virgin and Child of Guadalupe, 1798. Oil painting by a Spanish painter, 1798. | Source
Artist	 Nicolaes Maes (1634–1693)  Title	Old woman in prayer, known as ‘Prayer without end’  Date	Circa 1656 Medium	oil on canvas Dimensions	Height: 134 cm (52.8 in). Width: 113 cm (44.5 in). Current location	 Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Artist Nicolaes Maes (1634–1693) Title Old woman in prayer, known as ‘Prayer without end’ Date Circa 1656 Medium oil on canvas Dimensions Height: 134 cm (52.8 in). Width: 113 cm (44.5 in). Current location Rijksmuseum Amsterdam | Source

Do You Think That's Enough? Well, Here's More.

  • At work when you are about to make an important decision.
  • After the big sports match, whether you win or lose.
  • At home when you are about to make an important decision.
  • While you are doing household chores.
  • In the car while you are stopped by a red light/train/traffic jam.
  • When you are waiting... anywhere.
  • When you are planning what you need to do that day.
  • During your daily exercise.
  • When you are settling down to sleep for the night.
  • While you are sleeping, if the impulse strikes.
  • When you are pondering things in the shower.
  • When you are pondering things on the toilet.
  • While you are eating.
  • When you are walking from one place to another.
  • When you have five free moments of peace.
  • After you pay your bills.
  • Before you do your taxes.
  • Instead of watching television.
  • While listening to music.
  • After a night out with dear friends.
  • After a bitter dispute with somebody you really don't like.
  • When you are feeling very alone and unconnected.
  • While writing hubpages, regardless of the content.

And finally...

  • Whenever the Spirit calls you, wherever you may be, for whatever purpose He is calling you.
  • This is a partial list. Amend and lengthen as necessary.

Description	 English: Grace at a stained glass window in the German Church of Stockholm. Svenska: Bordsbön på kyrkfönster i Tyska kyrkan i Stockholm. Date	14 July 2015 Source	David Castor
Description English: Grace at a stained glass window in the German Church of Stockholm. Svenska: Bordsbön på kyrkfönster i Tyska kyrkan i Stockholm. Date 14 July 2015 Source David Castor | Source

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      charlie 19 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

      the best place to pray is wherever you are when you decide to pray. God does not care when, where or how you pray, only men try to control that. Men who do not really understand scripture but still have the audacity to profess to be leaders and lead God's people astray into the doctrines of men instead of His doctrine.

      God expects us to lean on Him whenever and wherever we have need.

      AND He is always there with those that look to Him, and not to man.