Why People Pray

This blog is in no way trying to influence you to pick any particular religion or way of practicing your faith. I am merely trying to explain the practice of praying from my own experiences. Whether or not you start practicing any religion is entirely up to you. Don’t let anyone push you into anything that you feel confused about doing. First I Googled facts about praying practices. The article below is the third response that showed up. As I am a Christian, I chose this one to expound upon. The article is from    http://www.religionfacts.com/  Please don’t think that I am trying to force anything on anyone, because I am not. I am just trying to let you know the basics as I see them. This article sounds like something that I might have written myself.

Christian Practices

Christian practices vary by denomination, but common elements include a Sunday worship service, private and corporate prayer, study and reading of the Scriptures, and participation in rites such as baptism and communion (known as sacraments).Christian worship services generally include singing, prayer and a sermon. Most churches have a special ritual for ordination, or designating a person fit for a leadership position in the church. At home, most practicing Christians pray regularly and many read the Bible.Many Christians will have been baptized, either as an infant or as an adult, and regularly participate in communion (also called the Lord’s Supper and the Eucharist). Baptism and communion are considered sacraments – sacred rituals instituted by Christ himself. The Catholic Church recognizes five additional sacraments, as well as many other distinctive practices that are known as “sacramentals” or “devotions” and include praying the rosary and going on pilgrimages.Distinctive Catholic practices include recognition of seven total sacraments, Sunday mass, devotion to the Virgin Mary and the saints, and veneration of relics and places associated with holy figures. Eastern Orthodoxy holds many practices in common with Catholicism, but is especially distinguished by the central role of icons: ornate images of Christ and the saints believed to provide a connection to the spiritual world.*************************************************************************************************As I was brought up in a family that practiced religion and worshiping God, that is all that I can draw upon. I was taken to Sunday School and Church every Sunday as a small child. I can’t really remember much before I turned about three years old. There were a lot of little songs for the small children to sing such as Jesus Loves The Little Children, Deep And Wide, The B-I-B-L-E, Jesus Loves Me, A Sunbeam, and others.Praying was a big part of my life. I would pray to thank God for what He has given me, and for keeping me safe. I pray to ask God to help me in times of need, or when I am scared of something. I pray to thank God for giving me my life to live and the body to live it in. There are many many reasons to pray. Sometimes all I say in my prayer is – “Thank You God just for being there and listening to my prayers.

Every time before we ate, we said the grace. This prayer is a prayer for thanking God for our food. It was a simple prayer that was not hard for children to learn. It went something like this – God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By His hands we all are fed. Give us Lord our daily bread. Amen. All of our prayers ended with Amen. A religious word to acknowledge God.

At bedtime we said our night time prayers. The bedtime prayer went something like this – Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen. By praying this prayer we asked God to take us to Heaven if we died before we woke up.

There is a verse in the Bible that says wherever two or more are gathered in My name, there I may be also. Whenever someone asks me to pray for them I always start out by saying – Dear Heavenly Father, It states that where two or more are gathered in Your name, there You may be also. For the sake of simplicity I am going to insert the name Tripp, a little boy that I am praying for and my friend, Alex, as being the other one here with me. The prayer will go as follows – “Dear Heavenly Father, It states that where two or more are gathered in Your name, there You may be also. Alex and I are here in Your name. We are asking for your healing hand on Tripp, if it be Your will. You know that Tripp had hip surgery on January 20, 2016 and is in a lot of pain. He is just a little 5 year old boy, and the epidural was removed today, as well as his catheter. Now his Mother has to move his hips to change his diaper, and it causes him a lot of pain. He doesn’t understand why the things were removed from him today. If it be Your will, please help him to be able to stand the pain. He has a long way to go with his recovery. Please be with him along the way. He has come such a long way since his accident three years ago. Many people are praying for him, as they have been since his accident. Thank You for helping him to progress as far as he has progressed already, and thank You in advance for continuing to help him until he is as well as he can be for the injury that he received. Amen.”

Whenever I pray, I always say, “If it be your will.” I know that if I ask for something that isn’t in God’s will, and make it happen, then it will go wrong. This is just my belief. Other people have other ways to pray, but this is the way that I pray.

In churches the different pastors pray in different ways also. There have been preachers that have done what is called “The anointing of oil.” or “The anointing with oil.” on me. The thought being that there is power in the oil because it was blessed by God.  This is a practice that began way back in Bible times. I believe in the Bible, so I let the pastors anoint me with the oil.

There are pictures below showing one of the verses in the Bible about the anointing with oil, and a picture of a present day person actually being anointed with oil. The picture of the poster with the verse is from http://www.patheos.com/

Bible-Verses-About-Anointing - Exodus 29-7

The picture of the actual anointing with oil is from http://siloaminstitute.org/tag/bible/

anointed-with-oil

There is a practice called “The laying on of hands.” It also started back in Bible times. It is thought that when the leaders of the church lay on their hands, some of their faith and power of healing passes on to the person that they are laying their hands on, this practice also having been blessed by God. I have also had preachers from different churches lay their hands on me when I was going through difficult times

This picture is from http://www.lifeway.com/pastors/2014/02/25/ordination-and-the-laying-on-of-hands/

laying on of hands

As I was brought up in a religious atmosphere, I have been praying for as long as I can remember. I believe in miracles. Miracles are things that cannot possibly happen, but they happen anyway. There have been many times that things that should not have been medically possible have actually happened. I read about people that have been dead for hours coming back to life, and diseases that there have been apparently no cure for them, but the person is cured and lives. As a matter of fact my life has been touched by miracles on different occasions. I should have died when I was just ten days old from a kidney infection. The doctors had given up on me, but I obviously lived. I play it down by saying to other people, “I had a kidney infection so bad when I was 10 days old that I almost died from it.” I don’t usually mention the word miracle. There are many people that do not believe in miracles, and that’s OK. People can believe whatever they want to believe. We live in America and have that freedom.

When I was fifteen months old, I had a tumor pressing on my brain. Doctors did surgery to remove the tumor when I was 22 months old. I was in a cast from my head down to my belly button and my arms were in the cast sticking straight out from my sides. I was in a drug induced comma to keep me from moving. My Mother was not allowed to see me, because she could not pick me up, and if I cried or moved in any way, I would end up being paralyzed from the neck down. It was hard for her, but she made it and so did I.

Fast forward to November of 2000. I had to have surgery to receive an artificial bladder. I have a neurogenic bladder and am unable to tell when I need to use the restroom. On November 2, 2000 I had surgery and received an artificial bladder that had been made from my intestines. That was over 15 years ago. I have been told that almost all of the patients that received an artificial bladder back then died within the first two to three years. So in essence, I have received a miracle again.

I am a survivor of all types of abuse when I was growing up. I was taken away from my family when I was 17 years old because of it. Had I not had my faith in God, I do not think that I could have survived. It is my personal belief that everybody has to have something or someone to believe in to get them through the most difficult times in their lives. For some it is God. There are many names for God. It all depends on what religion you are, and whether or not you have a religion. There are people that I know that do not actually have a religion, they just say that they believe in a higher power than what they are. This is their right, and one person does not have a right to tell another person that they are wrong in their belief, unless their “religion” states that they are supposed to kill other people. There is no way that it is right to take another person’s life because a religion states that it is right. If someone is about to kill you for any reason, then you have a right to defend yourself and kill them, but not because of religion. Of course in war there is a lot of killing, but it is war, and therefore understandable that people are going to die. It would be great if different countries and nationalities could just settle things by talking out whatever their differences are. Then there would not be so much killing.