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Why Should We Pray?

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rayer is a means by which spiritual people connect with the superior being as a way to share hurts, problems, hopes, and ultimately anything else on our minds with the one being whom we believe is always listening. Prayer allows us to exercise our faith by believing the superior being can and will come to our aid in whatever we ask within the parameters of his will.

Some benefits of prayer include but are not limited to the following:

  • Improves one’s attitude

Prayer allows a person to think clearly about his or her situation. Sometimes it is easier to think clearly about a difficult situation when you have someone to share it with or say it out loud to, therefore prayer can be an effective method to do so.

  • Gives hope

When a person prays, he believes that his words are being heard by a higher being who has more wisdom, more control, and more power than regular human beings. It is for this reason that a person who prays becomes hopeful, because he or she believes that the superior being will accomplish what the person cannot.

  • Reduces stress levels

People most commonly pray in times of difficulty and trial, which can significantly increase their stress levels. When a person prays, being able to think clearly and depending on the superior being to help overcome that difficulty helps the person to have more peace of mind.

  • Gives a better understanding of oneself

Prayer can also be a way for a person to reflect upon him- or herself. The person can see his or her worries, desires, weaknesses, strengths, and goals.

  • Improves physical health

Several studies show that a person who prays shows significant decrease in heart disease, emphysema and cirrhosis of the liver, as well as lower blood pressure and a stronger immune system.

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This is why so many spiritual people participate in prayer: it is helpful not only spiritually, but mentally and physically as well.

Prayer is a commonality among the majority of major religions around the world, and because of that, universal prayer houses exist for people of different religions to come together in a single location and pray together for the good of each other and, consequently, the good of the world.

Below is a list of a few famous universal prayer houses around the globe along with their respective addresses and brief descriptions, as well as phone numbers or links to websites of current rising interfaith prayer groups for those interested in taking another small but significant step to religious understanding and peace.

 


 

Interfaith Peace Project
Interfaith Center & Library
4740 Matterhorn Way Antioch, CA, US 94531
http://www.interfaithpeaceproject.org

 

Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding
77 Sherman St
Hartford, CT, US 06108
(860) 509-9506

 

Universal Prayer House
532 Rankin St NE, Atlanta, GA, US 30308
(404) 577-7847

 

Interfaith Prayer Service International
1166 Oak St, Eugene, OR, US
http://interfaithprayer.org/about

 

Interfaith Ministry Services
http://interfaithministryservices.com/blog

 

Interfaith Family
www.interfaithfamily.com/blog/iff/tag/prayer

 

Interfaith Spirit
interfaithnet.wordpress.com/tag/interfaith-prayers-for-world-peace

 

World Prayers
www.worldprayers.org

 

Universal House of Prayer and Learning (under construction)
St. Peter’s Square, Berlin, Germany

Religio Mag
Written by Religio Mag

3 Comment responses

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    December 21, 2014

    Seems like prayer has similar benefits to meditation. I’ll give it a try.

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    December 22, 2014

    i really enjoyed this post. It is good to be reminded why I need to pray more. Thanks 🙂

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    January 06, 2015

    cant get through the day without it!

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