What prayer is

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Posted: 19 July 2007 at 2:09am | IP Logged
What is a prayer? What purposes does it serve to (if any)? Why do you (not) pray? What good (if any) does it make?

Disclaimer: These questions are not directed at followers of one particular belief but in general to find out why and how people (do not) pray.

Please do not turn it into a 'which religion is superior?' debate!

WillSmith456 IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 20 July 2007 at 1:25am | IP Logged
What is a prayer? SmilePrayer  is  way of asking or seeking help from God Almighty Allah for the better ment of all and to stay away from evil which will lead aright way of living a  pure life. for example in   we muslim pray in Mosque! Smile
What purposes does it serve to (if any)?  If you pray whole heartly but acurately your prayer will be listened by Almighty Allah.Embarrassed

Why do you (not) pray? If a person do not pray then he in a way dis obey the God who gave us life. That's bad for us coz its in a way  he/she is doing a crime that will let us straight to hell in the judgement day!OuchOuch
What good (if any) does it make? Its after all the main thing. Its do help us if you are prayering for good but with not bad intentionsSmile

btw thanks for the post yaar Wink

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Posted: 20 July 2007 at 10:16pm | IP Logged

I think prayer, no matter who it is to or what it is regarding, can be beneficial when sincerely and correctly executed. I am not a very religious person...but i do pray!!To me it is like having a conversation with GOd. When I was little I used to have long drawn out "conversations " with GOd ( cometo think of it I still do on occasion it helps me get my ideas out.....and also it is a great way to relieve stress!!

Sometimes we. prayed to God that we would do well on this test, so I'll be fine even though we didn't study." So, what happens when you get your grade back and get a 60? You say, "God, you let me down. I prayed, right? You didn't help me out!" Well, that's actually your problem to prepare, not some higher power's obligation


Edited by angel_wings - 20 July 2007 at 10:17pm
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Posted: 21 July 2007 at 2:46am | IP Logged

What is a prayer? I'm not too sure..Confused When you ask for help or something from god? Confused Tough question LOL Got me thinking Tongue

What purposes does it serve to (if any)?  Well in the serials I watch it has this "always works" effect Embarrassed But thats too good to be true sometimes.

Why do you (not) pray?  I'm not a religious person..I don't pray..I do it because I have to, not coz I want to Embarrassed

What good (if any) does it make? Not sure..But people that are devotees get whatever they want.? Makes them feel good? Confused Am not sure Confused

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Posted: 22 July 2007 at 12:25am | IP Logged
What is a prayer? Prayer for me a medium to talk to God...share ur feelings, ur problems, seek His help, His wisdom & to say sorry for ur sins & wrong doingsEmbarrassed
What purposes does it serve to (if any)? It makes me closer to him & allows to talk to him
Why do you (not) pray? ahem ahemOuch...when in church for sure..otherwise as & when i get time...i do pary.But i make sure  whenever i pary ..i give in 100% of myself to itWink
What good (if any) does it make?It makes me feel good..i feel i really had a talk with Him & that He was listening to makes me feel very specialEmbarrassed




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Posted: 22 July 2007 at 7:36pm | IP Logged
What is a prayer? Prayer is when you we talk to god, you get to know him, to respect him, to thank him for everything he does for us, and to be able to ask for forgiveness of sins. 
What purposes does it serve to (if any)?  it makes us closer to god, obey him, and be able to feel his presence. 
Why do you (not) pray?  i pray for the well being of my family, my friends, and to thank god for all he does for me and the people i care for, and i pray in times of need.
What good (if any) does it make? it lets us know that god really is listening, it brings god to our lives, and it makes us feel specialEmbarrassed

Edited by tweetylicious - 22 July 2007 at 7:36pm
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Posted: 24 July 2007 at 8:14pm | IP Logged
I have to admit I jacked the following story off a 'forward' i once received but its worth reading :

Once god told a man to push a heavy boulder. So the man began pushing for hours together, but the boulder never moved. He began to get discouraged nd had thoughts like what he was doing was useless, the task is impossible and he is a failure. So he prayed to God, " you told me to push and I have been pushing but the boulder just isnt moving. What is wrong? Why am I failing?

God replied: When you decided to serve me , I only told you to push the rock with all yur strength and thats what you did. I never said that the rock should move. And now you come to me thinking that you have failed. the truth is you have become stronger, you ability to do work has grown. You were obedient and kept PUSHING, now it is my duty to move the rock.

God only expects us to be OBEDIENT and have FAITH in him. Exercise the faith to move mountains, but remeber God is still the one who moves the mountain.
So when all fails in Life just PUSH, PUSH, PUSH & leave the rest to God. Embarrassed
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Posted: 27 July 2007 at 6:29am | IP Logged
What is a prayer? a prayer is something u do when u find you u need stregth
 What purposes does it serve to (if any)? it gives you inner confidence
Why do you (not) pray? for well being and to gain stregth in every day life!
What good (if any) does it make? gives a great amount of confidence!

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