Prayer: noun. 1. A devout petition to God or an object of worship. 2. A spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession. // via
What does prayer mean to you? Mahatma Ghandi said that prayer is not asking, it is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Do words without heart even count as prayer? To my shame, I can’t even fathom the number of times I’ve told people I’d pray for them, then quickly forgot. Even more are the quick “God, (heal, help, etc) that person. Amen” prayers that I say just to know that I actually did pray for that person. I think it’s a bunch of malarkey.
I think prayer is more a state of the heart than an actual “Now I lay me down to sleep…” memorization. Prayer is a lifestyle. Prayer is the heart’s natural language, I think, and when we try to add spoken word to it, it can jumble up the purpose behind prayer. I love how Ghandi put it: “a longing of the soul”. Prayer.
I’m doing a lot of reading on prayer, specifically the power of prayer. More to come after I immerse myself in learning. I’m very interested though; what are you thoughts on prayer? It’s benefits? It’s power?