For religious people, whatever their religion, prayer is a way to communicate with their god and ask him for something, thank him or simply show their belief in him. For them, praying can bring peace and quiet, among other benefits.
Praying is saying a prayer to God, which can be a ready-made prayer or simply talking to God to express our problems, concerns, requests or thanks. In short, it is the way to get in touch with the God we believe in.
There are many religions in the world, although the main ones are monotheistic, that is, they believe in only one god: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism… These religions are the majority ones and, although less and less people declare themselves believers, there are still billions of people all over the world who believe in some God. Even in bad times, the least believers remember God by asking for His protection and protection, that is, by praying to Him.
Praying can offer various benefits to the person who practices it:
1- It brings peace. Prayer brings peace and tranquility. Praying, whether in church, synagogue, mosque or at home, provides us with moments of peace and recollection that can help us see things from another perspective and avoid the stress and anxiety that we may feel in the midst of the chaos of life we lead. Prayer, whether individual or collective, brings a lot of peace to those who pray.
2- Comfort and encouragement in difficult times. When a family member is ill, after an accident, a dismissal or when we are going through very difficult times, prayer can give us comfort and make us feel that we are not alone and that everything can be fixed. Believing that there is a superior being who takes care of us and protects us can help us feel better in those difficult moments.
3- Guide to making good decisions. Before a crossroads or a complicated decision that can change our lives, prayer can help us to glimpse the most correct path and to know what we should do so as not to make mistakes and to choose the decision that can benefit us the most or with which we can do the least harm to others.
4- Forgiveness for mistakes. Although forgiveness should be asked to the people we have hurt in the first place, many times that is not enough and we feel guilty for some big mistake made, dragging that guilt that prevents us from moving forward and be happy. In those cases, praying to God can help us to forgive ourselves by feeling that God forgives us too, especially if we are repentant and are not going to commit that act again.
5- Asking for others or for ourselves. Without a doubt, most people use prayer to ask God for others or for ourselves. When we have a family member who is very sick or on the verge of death, asking God for their healing is the only thing we can do, and feeling that we are asking for their life can help us to be a little less worried and have hope for healing.
6- Give thanks. And, when that family member is cured or that great problem is solved, many feel that God has intervened and had much to do with that happy outcome, so they turn to prayer to thank God for the favors provided.
7- Courage. Finally, prayer can give us courage in the face of adversity and give us hope. Hope is the last thing to be lost, and it tends to last longer and be stronger in those who also have faith and believe in an all-powerful God who can help them.
Prayer is something very personal, so it can be done in many different ways. The important thing is that it helps us to feel that we are communicating with God. You can resort to the classic prayers that every religion has or talk to God directly expressing our problems and asking him for what we need.
In addition, you can pray aloud or silently (mentally) and you can pray both alone and in a group. Similarly, you can go to church, synagogue, mosque or temple to pray, or you can pray in your own home.
There are many different options, the way of praying depends on each person and each religion, since not all share the same way of praying or admit the same thing.
But, in the end, in all of them the ultimate goal of the prayer is the same: to communicate with God and to make Him receive our prayers in order to feel better.
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