The act of prayer

When I was a child, I grew up around people who strongly believed in God so I naturally I went along with it and believed as well. I would pray pretty much every day, for things to go a certain way. Sometimes they did, sometimes they didn’t.

As I grew older, I prayed less because a lot of the time nothing happened and so I would just pray when I really wanted or needed something.

Fast forward to now when I’ve become much more cynical, and my praying has become sporadic. Sometimes I will pray every day and sometimes I’ll go for long periods of time when I don’t pray. Why? Because nowadays I wonder whether there is even a point to it.

Is there anyone even listening? What if there isn’t?

But then I saw this one thing on TV that made me look at prayer in a different light.

Prayer is a lot like meditation; one does it to grow their inner strength so that they can better face what life throws at them. Those weren’t their exact words but you get the gist of it.

Despite the fact that this was said in a fictional setting, they still rang true to me. Prayer is supposed to be an act where you expand your mind to the unknown, kind of like what is supposed to happen when you meditate. Meditation is supposed to be about increasing your inner strength and finding peace. So it isn’t that much of a stretch to say that prayer can be used for the same thing.

So, since then I’ve gone back to praying everyday but instead of asking for stuff to happen for me, I’ve begun asking for something less tangible. This is what I pray for nowadays.

  • The strength to face what life throws at me
  • The intelligence to work out how to get through problems
  • The patience to endure
  • The ability to do what I need to get through it all
  • And a little luck to make things go smoothly

Now I’m not telling anyone how you should pray and what you should believe in, that’s your business and no one else’s. I’m just sharing what I think with all of you; who knows maybe you’ll be inspired by it. But at the end of the day, what you do with what I’ve told you is up to you.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you have a good day ahead.

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