Prayers’ is a solemn request for a help or favor. In ordinary words, prayers can be referred to the communication made to God by human beings. They are a crucial tool in a Christian’s life to seek solace as well as solutions when faced with hardships and intense situations. It is a time tested method that was followed and passed by our ancestors.
You can pray to the almighty God from any place at any given time. This is because our God is Omnipresent, Omniscient and omnipotent. He is always ready to hear your cry whenever you call on him. You can choose to pray to God in your home, in Church, or in any other place. However, most Christians love going to the wild to seek the face of God. If for example you want to pray to your God with no disturbance at all, going outdoors is the best thing. I and some church members planned a prayers camping and it was great. We carried our backpacking tents to protect ourselves from the rain and cold while seeking the face of God. We also carried with us one of the best tactical knives to help us survive in the wild. We stayed in the wild for 2 weeks praying and I really saw God’s faithfulness upon my life.
Prayers are performed in different ways depending on religious, customs, and traditions of the multitude. For this reason, they can be classified into 4 major types:
Devotion-this includes chanting of hymns, mantras, and singing of God’s praise. Christianity is one religion that uses this mode of prayers.
Confession-this involves admitting mistakes and seeking pardon from God is the essence of this prayer. You can go before God and pray while asking for his forgiveness.
Gratitude-this type of prayers involves thanks or acknowledgement to God. You can thank God after answering or fulfilling your heart desires.
Petition-when you desire or sought something, you can make a prayer.
Based on the intention, you can make prayers either private or communal. When you implore for your own needs it is a personal prayer. However, when an individual or a society offers prayers on behalf of other members of the society or even the world, this is a prayer for the common cause. For example, our ancestors used to hold prayers to call on God to bless them with copious rain.
Few people such as saints and religious leaders hold prayers for the welfare of the community. Such prayers make us broad-minded and unselfish, and they help in fetching peace as well as happiness for all. Whenever I come across a sick person, I usually say a simple prayer to God to restore their health. It is always fun hearing that someone recovered from a certain illness. That is why we should always pray. Jesus Christ himself prayed to God every now and then, and that is how He was able to conquer every trial. For example, when chief priests came to arrest Him, He was peaceful because He had just come from the mountain to pray and God had strengthened Him.
We all need to realize that despite our religion, God is there for us all and He is smarter beyond human comprehension and he knows what is best for each and every one of us. He may not always answer your prayers in the way you expect, but this does not mean that He did not hear you. He gave us the gift of prayers to not only talk to him but also heal our bodies and better cope with life challenges. Through prayers, we learn patience, hope, love, forgiveness, and true happiness. No wonder some biblical scholars term prayers as God’s greatest gift to mankind.