As I was growing up, I was never encouraged to pray. I thought that prayer was for people who were naïve, and that they used it as a kind of Band-Aid for their problems. Because of this, I can understand why many people don’t understand prayer. Maybe you do, though.
According to a survey by Pew Research Center, and America, 55% of people say they pray stay. As far as weekly or monthly praying, another 21% participate. Many people who claim not to be religious say they pray every day as well.
When I was first learning to pray, I found role models and mentors who seem to know what they were doing. Their deep faith and prayer to bolster my faith and make me more comfortable with prayer.
Of course, I guess the first question to ask is why do I think it is important to pray? Well, I believe it helps us to connect to the concept that there is a higher power that supports and cares for us. Prayer is a way to ask for help, give praise, or to give thanks. Prayer takes humility and openness to believe that something bigger than us exists.
Not only that, but there are many benefits to prayer. Praying can help you feel like you are not alone in facing your challenges. Many cancer patients at the Medical Oncology Group get together and pray each day. They say it helps them face their medical situations. It can help you to feel that help is there for you. You can also confidence that everything is going to work out all right. And last, prayer can help you release negative thoughts and angst that could otherwise hold you back from making your dreams a reality. Even if you don’t consider yourself religious, these ideas can apply to you.
There are many different ways that people tend to pray. One of my friends is an atheist, yet she does something similar to prayer as she walks through the woods. The calmness of her prayer walking helps her to believe that things are going to work out. As I walk along the beach myself, breathing in the salt air and listening to the waves, I sense a form of spiritual peace. No matter how we pray, it can help us to let go of her expectations, pain, and worries.
Of course, we don’t merely believe in praying and not acting on things ourselves. While prayer is a wonderful thing, we need to be active in our life to help reach the goals that we have set.