I was raised a Catholic and studied at a private Catholic school for 12 years. Yet I only understood the power of prayer when I started talking to Him personally. I can’t remember exactly when, but I started to talk to Him like I would talk to a close friend. What I found out is that it’s much more what my spirit was looking for, something real, not just saying the prayers that were taught to me.
When I pray, I start with thanksgiving and gratitude for every good thing that happened to me, blessings received, or even the challenges I went through. Next is praising God for who He is in my life. Praising God is something I need a bit work on, perhaps because I am not consistent with reading the Bible. I am struggling sometimes with reading it, but I will get through with this because I do desire to know Him more. To be honest, I prefer reading novels and some Christian books, even listening to pastors’ messages. If I have to read the Bible during prayer time, I have to choose the positive messages.
I also sometimes pray for other people, whether they asked me to pray for them or not. Maybe the idea of praying for others may seem like a weird concept to most people, but it is good to pray for at least one person, whether you personally know them or not. Understandably it’s not easy being in the shoes of someone suffering ongoing crises in their countries due to civil war or internal unrest, or who is suffering from an illness, and even if physically we can’t be there to help them, collective prayers from many people may somehow reach God and the Universe and that hopefully they feel that other people care for them, also hopefully things would move in a positive direction. In other words, it’s good to spread vibrant and positive energy rather than negative energy to the Universe.
Many people who don’t believe in the power of prayer would say that it’s much better to take action than keep on praying about something without doing anything about it. To be honest, even the Bible is saying in James 2:14-26 that “faith without works is dead.” No argument there.
For me, I do believe in the power of prayer because it pushes me to take action, despite all the fears and procrastination. It pushes me to see solutions that may be just right in front of me or may need a little bit more research. It also helps me be connected to Him all the time and let me know that He is near and just a prayer away. It helps in keeping you focused on the positive side of life. Also, when there are situations where you did all you could but didn’t get the results you want, prayer is an act of surrender, offering to Him the situation so He can take care of it.
Now, if you have not tried praying to God, Universe, or a Higher Power, you don’t have to wait until a crisis happens, because He or She is already with you, just waiting for you to have a conversation with. No matter what you’re going through, you can get through anything.