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What is more powerful – Prayer or Praise?

  1. Lady_E profile image74
    Lady_Eposted 5 years ago

    What is more powerful – Prayer or Praise?

  2. Ericdierker profile image52
    Ericdierkerposted 5 years ago

    I do believe that prayer is more powerful. And I believe praise is more powerful. I am sure that sounds stupid. But hear me out. Today I started praying and all things negative went away. I led a prayer with my youth peoples and they all clapped at the end (how rude ;-) My wife prayed for me and I got well from sickness.
    I had bad cancer and I praised Jesus each time I hugged that porcelain throne. I was in a horrible Mexican Jail cell and I lead a worship team in praise that none of us were dead. My wonderful momma died and I praised God for taking her out of this world and into His.
    The power comes from without! We decide Prayer or Praise, that does not change His will.
    So I do declare that both are more powerful than the other. You see I am not negating one for the sake of the other. I am going with your question which is Earth logic and transforming it to God logic. Both are more powerful.

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for sharing your experience of both. You are indeed victorious. (been through a lot).

    2. Ericdierker profile image52
      Ericdierkerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      We are empowered by the richness of our friends.

  3. mintinfo profile image77
    mintinfoposted 5 years ago

    Prayer because it goes both ways while Praise only comes from outside oneself and rests with you as an individual. When you pray it changes you spychologically in that it gives you Hope. To a non believer such as myself I would consider it false hope but what I think is insignificant because it is the person praying that experiences the effect in that it gives them hope. Hope is essential to Well Being but hope can be replaced by confidence. Prayer shared by a group spreads the Hope throughout the Zeitgeist where like minded individuals may act to fulfill the Hope as an act of Goodwill.

    1. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
      LoisRyan13903posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Even though you are a non-believer it is a very good answer.  Even if it is a false hope, sometimes things come out the way you hope it goes-and sometimes even it a better way

    2. Ericdierker profile image52
      Ericdierkerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Have you ever prayed? Mintinfo

    3. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks. I appreciate you sharing that.

    4. mintinfo profile image77
      mintinfoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe when I was a child but since my faith in a God was never sincere my prayers must've only been selfish. I made conditions such as "if you help me God I'll be good from now on" I respect religion because of its force for good.

  4. liesl5858 profile image87
    liesl5858posted 5 years ago

    I think prayer is more powerful than praise. But praise is also a good thing and it comes second to Prayer. This is my opinion.

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      So close aren't they?  Thanks.

  5. d.william profile image65
    d.williamposted 5 years ago

    The blindly indoctrinated will always attest that prayer is more powerful, but that has not been proven to be true by the majority. 
    You can pray all you want and you will receive little, or nothing of substance, with an occasional hit (these are the odds of probability).  Praying is usually in want (rarely of need) of something for ones self - when we do not receive what we pray for, we rationalize it away by saying it is God's will. 
    But with praise, you receive something in return right away:  The gratitude of those who you are praising, and the self satisfaction of giving someone an emotional boost.  With praise you do not have to wait for the principle of probability to occasionally get one right.
    The power to change things for ourselves comes from within each of us, but there can be no discounting the effects of the strength of our spirituality in bringing about those changes if they are of a positive nature.

    1. Ericdierker profile image52
      Ericdierkerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      And so the new age is created. And this is probably good for the masses. I cannot see the time in my life where praise is not a better tool than prayer. Prayer is asking, praise is thanking. We are in need to praise what we have, and pray for others.

    2. d.william profile image65
      d.williamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It depends on how you use the terms prayer vs praise.  You view them in the light of your religion - i view them in the light of real life.  My views are rarely colored by religious rhetoric.

    3. Ericdierker profile image52
      Ericdierkerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      d. Apparently you deceive your self. You think you have a handle on "real---- life". And your views are obviously colored by your religion.  Oh wow, you follow no church dogma, but you clearly follow a dogma, lest you would not speak so insultingly.

    4. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks D William - Interesting point. Sometimes when praising we even get what we didn't ask for.

    5. d.william profile image65
      d.williamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      E.D.-nothing insulting about my comments, only 2 those who think that not following any religion is somehow wrong.My faith in God is as strong, or stronger, as anyone's, organized religions do not represent the Creator, nor does the dogma they teach

    6. Ericdierker profile image52
      Ericdierkerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you d. williams, for the correction of my direction and dereliction. I was harsh. Mia Culpa. You exhibit truth and love, which I cherish though fall far short of.

    7. d.william profile image65
      d.williamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      E.D. no problem. we R all guilty of jumping 2 conclusions & judging others without knowing all the facts, sometimes in our lives. Knowing when not 2 do those things, or changing our ways is a virtue not possessed by enough people

  6. DexisView profile image74
    DexisViewposted 5 years ago

    Prayer tests your power in believing something that none of us can see....faith....and the results are not always immediate or what we may want them to be.  If you have faith, you understand that sometimes prayers are answered, but not necessarily in the way that we want them to be...so the results can be missed.  When prayers are answered we give praise.

    Praise is immediate and can have a powerful impact on the person receiving it. 
    I guess you would have to truly weigh the circumstances and look at a number of different senarios to determine which might actually be more powerful.  For someone that does not believe in prayer, the answer is easy.

    Personally, I believe that believing in something sight unseen..."blind faith"....is truly the more powerful because it takes a great deal of trust.  To have that kind of trust is the ultimate power.

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Dexis. Beautiful comment.

  7. SidKemp profile image94
    SidKempposted 5 years ago

    Why think of one as more powerful than the other?

    But if forced to choose, I will say praise. Even in human relationships, praise, an act of giving, is more meaningful than selfish asking.

    Did not Jesus say, seek first the Kingdom of God, and all else will be given. We honor the Kingdom of God by praising God, His Kingdom, and His Creation. Let us live in Heaven on Earth, praising our creator. Then, if we need some miracle - small or large - it is easy to ask for, and easy to receive.

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks. I understand your point and it brings to mind. Psalm 22.3  God inhabits the praises of his people.

  8. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
    LoisRyan13903posted 5 years ago

    Prayer.  In one of my current Bible studies-either Breaking Free or Experiencing God-I read that Satan will go out of his way to make prayer unimportant in a person's life, because prayer will make him powerless.

    1. d.william profile image65
      d.williamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      the only 'truth' in ur statement is that it reconfirms the fear that keeps the faithful bound to their religion as a safety measure against the fear of  that false statement itself. that is true manipulation

    2. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
      LoisRyan13903posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I honestly do not understand what you just wrote.  Besides I do not belong to a Religion.  I have a personal relationship with God and Jesus.  And when I pray I do not go through any rituals or such I sit and talk to God when I drive to work 1 1/2 hr

    3. profile image0
      Rayne123posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Satan does not have to go out of his way, by that I mean he for some reason is able to demonize people very easy like a puppet master. Sad as it its. However God is in control and only allows what God wants done to complete his mission

    4. d.william profile image65
      d.williamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      my point?Satan is the figment of the imagination of men. He lives thru  superstition, fear & guilt. It is a control factor of religion.Jesus also is glorified from the base needs of man. There is no reality in your statement. God has no rivals

    5. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Lois.

    6. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
      LoisRyan13903posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      True D God has no rivals but we do.  We are always facing one type of temptation or another that is because Satan either tempts us or tears us down with his lies.  Now to you God and Satan are just superstitions to me they are real.

    7. d.william profile image65
      d.williamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      L.R. -not what i said. God is very real.  Satan is a manifestation only in the minds of humans 2 keep people afraid & in line.  This video is my belief:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkaH3hEmV3M

    8. LoisRyan13903 profile image81
      LoisRyan13903posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry d I misunderstood.  Actually I think about it praise is more powerful.  When we are in heaven we will be praising and worshiping for eternity.  But there are prayers for help, thanksgiving, prayers for others.  and so on.

  9. edhan profile image60
    edhanposted 5 years ago

    My answer is Prayer.

    All my life, I have been praying and receive my answers to the prayers. I believe that we should understand the meaning of prayers and asking for what is realistic to receive the answers.

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Edhan.

  10. connorj profile image80
    connorjposted 5 years ago

    https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/8036488_f260.jpg

    Well this is most difficult to explain; neither has any power if the critical ingredient of agape-like love is not manifested in the act of prayer or praise. In my limited opinion, it is the power of agape-like love that is the catalyst in either of these. If agape-like love is only present with prayer then the prayer will be most powerful. If agape-like love is only present in praise then it will be most powerful...

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks so much Connor. I like the photo. :-)

  11. Disappearinghead profile image76
    Disappearingheadposted 5 years ago

    Forgive me but the question is almost which one will have the greatest effect in getting God to do something. With prayer it is his will to be done and there is nothing we can do or say to get him to change his mind or will. Both therefore are about changing us.

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The first part of your answer made me also think which one God would like most and I think it's Praise. When people praised God (in the Bible) He did miraculous things for them without them asking. Ps 50.23 backs that up. (Both are Powerful) Thanks.

  12. manatita44 profile image84
    manatita44posted 5 years ago

    Prayer is an effort to lay hold of God Itself. Prayer can be verbal and praise can also be verbal. Verbal prayer is an entreaty in the sense that we tend to want something from God. Of course the highest prayer is 'Thy will be done.' in which case we pray with the spirit of Surrender to God's Will.

    Interior prayer is communion with God, and praise, which is adoration, can be and is most effectively done in silence. 'Be still, and know that I am God' can be an actual experience done in silent praise or adoration, where one is lost in contemplation of God, His glories and wonders. In this sense both prayer and adoration are similar and connected.

    Prayer and praise as we tend to speak of them means 'calling' or entreating God and glorifying God respectively. Still, if you speak of interior prayer or interior praise, then they are both done in contemplation or inner communion with God.

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks. I personally think it's nice to praise God aloud. It says it in many of the Psalms too. I appreciate you stopping by.

    2. manatita44 profile image84
      manatita44posted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, Elena.

      It is there in my answer too, but I also speak of an ecstatic state or rapture, where words become meaningless and the Soul is steeped in God. This is known with inner experience.

  13. Savio Dawson profile image89
    Savio Dawsonposted 5 years ago

    I feel Praise comes from a space of fullness, a place of abundance, a place of gratitude and therefore, is something I would like to do. We need not necessarily compare prayer and praise, since the fact is that we can praise in our prayers too.

    So praise and prayers both are powerful but depends entirely in the way a person intends to use it.

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Savio. :-)

  14. Beata Stasak profile image83
    Beata Stasakposted 5 years ago

    Praise has the most powerful effect on the recipient if it is genuine and from the heart, it make the recipient's heart to sing, body to dance and brain to fill with new exciting ideas...sometimes for people to start to believe in themselves, not to give up and leave the dark mood behind need just that....a little bit of genuious praise...

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks. So True.

  15. LensMan999 profile image53
    LensMan999posted 4 years ago

    No doubt praising a person has a great effect on the person that praying to him. Hence it's better to praise rather than pray. Praising is the best method to make someone do the way we like or think.
    It' s quite visible in the case of small children. If we praise them, we can make them do anything.

  16. profile image54
    wheatbaybayposted 4 years ago

    I personally believe that prayer is more powerful than praise. Prayer is your direct link to God, it's your own personal communication line with Him. Prayer can change things, but you also have to believe in God with all your heart before the power can work for you, within you, and for others. You must pray constantly. Prayer is the best defense we have against the evils of this world. The power of prayer can work for whom ever you pray for. Prayer can bring peace of mind in many cases, especially when you done all you've can and you don't have nowhere to turn. Prayer is powerful thing if used in the proper way.

  17. profile image61
    prayerpoints2016posted 23 months ago

    Prayer is more powerful. Manifestation of prayer leads to praise. The Bible says that "Give praises at all times" , thus when you pray, praise him for he answers you. All things(...any result from prayer) , praise God.
    http://www.myprayerpoints.blogspot.com

  18. profile image61
    Japsie Jamoraposted 7 months ago

    You must know why you are praying
    or why you need to praise Him
    And you can answer your question by yourself

 
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