How to Pray?
Prayers remind us of God and help us train our minds to focus on God throughout a day, continuously contemplating God’s presence.
Prayers may be done standing, sitting, kneeling, prostrating on the floor, with eyes opened or closed, with hands folded or raised upwards. Prayers are whispered, chanted, or sung.
Prayer is at the centre of our relationship with God
Set a time for prayer and meditation with a determination that you will experience God
When praying, focus on God, not on the problem you might have and stay grateful giving thanks to God for what you have.
When saying a prayer, let it come from the depths of your heart. Fully, truly, devotionally, joyfully...
During the prayer time, many rituals use the bells ringing, burning incense or lighting candles. Some face a specific direction: Muslims face Mecca, Hindu priests turn towards the son rising or setting, Taoists use different directions within their rituals.
How to Pray Christian Prayers
Matthew about Prayer, Bible verse
'Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him'
St. John of the Cross says that in his prayer: ‘thought is subordinated to love’
St. Theresa of Avila says that we need to ‘concentrate entirely on God present within us’
and she tells us about her experience of praying ‘For me, prayer is an uplifting of the heart, a glance toward heaven, a cry of gratitude and of love in times of sorrow as well as of joy’ (Story of a Soul)
Pray for Peace
Peace Prayer of St Francis, Christian Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that
we are born to Eternal Life.
Pray for Blessings: an Evening Prayer
Blessings: Saint Augustine, Christian Prayer
Watch thou, dear Lord,
with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight,
and give thine angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend thy sick ones, Lord Christ.
Rest thy weary ones.
Bless thy dying ones.
Soothe thy suffering ones.
Pity thine afflicted ones.
Shield thy joyous ones.
And all, for thy love's sake.
Jewish Mystical Hymn
The Earth is full of your Goodness
your greatness and understanding,
your wisdom and harmony.
How wonderful are the lights that you created.
You formed them with strength and power
and they shine very wonderfully on the world,
magnificent in their splendour.
They arise in radiance and go down in joy.
Reverently they fulfill your divine will.
They are tributes to your name
as they exalt your sovereign rule in song.
May the road rise up to meet you,
the wind always be at your back,
the sun shine upon your sweet face,
the rains always fall softly on your fields,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand
The Bhagavad Gita Prayer
Arjuna about Brahma, the Creator
O Lord, I see within your body all the gods
and every kind of living creature.
I see Brahma, the Creator, seated on a lotus;
I see the ancient sages and the celestial serpents.
I see infinite mouths and arms, stomachs and eyes,
and you are embodied in every form.
I see you everywhere, without beginning, middle, or end.
You are the Lord of all creation, and the cosmos is your body.
You wear a crown and carry a mace and discus;
your radiance is blinding and immeasurable.
I see you, who are so difficult to behold,
shining like a fiery sun blazing in every direction.
You are the supreme, changeless Reality,
the one thing to be known.
You are the refuge of all creation, the immortal spirit,
the eternal guardian of the eternal dharma.
You are without beginning, middle, or end;
you touch everything with your infinite power.
The sun and the moon are your eyes, and your mouth is fire;
your radiance warms the cosmos.
O Lord, your presence fills the heavens and the earth
and reaches in every direction.
I see the three worlds trembling
before this vision of your wonderful and terrible form.
The gods enter your being,
some calling out and greeting you in fear.
Great saints sing your glory, praying,
"May all be well!"
Prayers From the Dead Sea Scrolls
I Have Reached The Inner Vision
I have reached the inner vision
and through Thy spirit in me
I have heard Thy wondrous secret.
Through Thy mystic insight
Thou hast caused a spring of knowledge
to well up within me,
a fountain of power,
pouring forth living waters,
a flood of love
and of all-embracing wisdom
like the splendor of eternal Light
All the major world religions use prayer as a ritual or spiritual method to experience God. Power of Prayer is great. Wheter used in Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or Taoism prayer is the soul’s expression of one who seeks to get closer to God...
We gathered prayers from different spiritual traditions. Inspiring prayers from different spiritual traditions around the world
Symbols and Signs are Language of the Soul, Language of Dreams
Occultists believe that symbols are given a supernatural power at their creation.
Words, symbols, images, colors, light, are all used for aeons to convey a spiritual meaning.