Feb 7, 2013

The many benefits of prayer

Every so often we are tested in a way we can never comprehend. How we respond to the challenge can be a crippling experience. Still, we cannot stand idly by and watch our lives go to pot. We have to participate in this life, be satisfied and accepting, be part of the universe and all that is in it, and believe that you will obtain your objectives. This is where prayer can be very helpful and where it does not matter what faith you worship; God is listening.  God hears.  God responds.  Some people do something tangible to deal with the pain and go out and help the poor, and others deal with it internally, keeping it all inside. Irrespective of the method, we all want nearness to God and to make sense of things and lead whole and happy lives. Sometimes we have to look harder for what we want or search in places we never thought we would look.

Prayer when all else seems hopeless
Prayer can give you peace of mind and keep you from going crazy when it seems the whole world is turned against you – communicating with God is different for everyone and we all have our own ways of connecting with Him. A true believer believes that only God can provide the comfort and help they need. Others may have different beliefs. Wherever you are however, you can always pray and give thanks. Sometimes it might seem like a mountainous undertaking and you think you will never succeed but you do.   

Are all prayers the same?
There are many ways for people to perform prayer. Not all prayer has rituals and as long as one prays and keeps God in the forefront of his life he or she will always be successful. Prayer done in congregation also has benefits as it draws people together. Hardship and illness visits all of us at some point in our lives. When we have God in our lives we always have a friend.

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