“If you only pray when you’re in trouble, you’re in trouble! ” – Author Unknown
How often do you pray or do you pray at all? Do you pray when you are alone or in a gathering, to ask for a wish or to share the hurt and pain?
Prayers are significant; significant in reassuring, sustaining and comforting us. We find god and our own hopes, dreams and desires in our prayers .
It is our hopes, dreams and desires that constitutes most part of our prayers. In this fast and modern world where our lives have become fundamentally selfish, our prayers too have become self-centered.
“…I wondered off to thoughts about my own prayers”
I was making tea the other day and my mother was busy with her daily prayers. I started to wonder what are the things she prays about and for so long!
There must be a long list of things to pray, which takes her at least an hour. Yes, that’s how long my mother prays for each day. Anyways, somewhere along I wondered off to thoughts about my own prayers. I started to think about what I pray for or who I pray for.
My prayers: then & now!
I remember my prayers when I was much younger, a child to be precise. I always made a prayer before going to sleep. My prayers started with an apology for any misconduct, then a request for the well-being of each of my family members, sometimes I included a friend too. And finally I put a last note of gratitude to God to conclude my prayer.
My prayers are not as elaborate or as regular as they used to be anymore. Most days I don’t pray, and when I do it’s either a short & simple one or about something to do with my own dreams, desires, fears and worries.
So, when & why do we pray?
We pray when we are in need, we pray if we are concerned about something, we pray for the well-being of our loved ones, we pray for our dreams and sometimes we pray just to pray.
Whether our prayers are heard or unheard, we get something positive out of it. We feel relieved of our worries and secured by a belief which is strengthened by our faith.
Prayers are for us to connect with an unknown force, the force of the universe and with our own thoughts, thoughts deeper than selfish self concerns.
When you make your prayers and do make them often, don’t forget to include your loved ones in them. If it’s possible sometimes add a small note for all those benevolent people who were ever encouraging and kind to you. You will find in your heart a sense of great joy because of these prayers and may be (who knows) someone will find you in their prayers as well.
Let’s pray for each other!
Do you think praying has any significance in our lives?
💬 Do share your thoughts!