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Saturday, 8 February 2014

Do we really pray?

I have felt many a times that even if we put in all our efforts we can't exercise control over certain situations.Yes that does not mean we stop persevering and blame our fate for the consequences.
But there is a universal form of behaving in situations where we have little control over the outcome.We....
Pray!Atleast I do!
And believe it or not,the very belief gives us the strength to tackle the result,whether it be in our favour or not.
My personal opinion about whether God exists or not is that we humans require a source of motivation for all our actions.When we have a goal in our mind,even not so pleasant things go unnoticed in front of it.The sheer motivation to achieve the goal is enough for us to achieve it in the end.
Similarly in life too we go through unpleasant situations.Here we tend to get demoralized.And that's when the concept of Prayer must have come into existence.Some wise people saw this a way to thank mother Nature for helping us in our survival and also to divert the attention of the mind from the negative thoughts about the outcomes.
Moreover mystery attracts.
But prayers are normally performed during our most trying periods.So why not pray even when we are happy?Why only spend time in asking for more and instead spend time in thanking for what we have got?Let us pray in the real sense.

Some quotes that describe the power and actual meaning of prayers:

  • The fruit and the purpose of prayer is to be oned with and like God in all things.--Julian of Norwich
  • Prayer is not a check request asking for things from God. It is a deposit slip – a way of depositing God’s character into our bankrupt souls.--Dutch Sheets
  • You may pray for an hour and still not pray.
          You may meet God for a moment and then

          be in touch with Him all day.-- Fredrik Wisloff
  • Work as if you were to live a hundred years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow.-- Benjamin Franklin
  • Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine.-- Andrew Murray
    • In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.-- John Bunyan
    • To have God speak to the heart is a majestic experience, an experience that people may miss if they monopolize the conversation and never pause to hear God's responses.-- Charles Stanley
    • The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.--Soren Kierkegaard
    • When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing.--Saint Francis of Assisi
    • The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will hear Him.-- William McGill
    • Most men pray for power, the strength to do things. Few people pray for love, the quality to be someone.--Robert Foster
    • We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength. --Charles Stanley
    • Not in tears should we pray,
              But in hope, smiling bright,

              When the glory of day

              Has forgotten the night!--Edwin Leibfreed
    • Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.--Mother Teresa
    Prayer quote

    Hence friends find out your own reason for praying and keep praying,keep reading!!And yes you can send me in any quotes you like and I will make it a point to include them in my future posts :)