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How do you PRAY? Prayer: 1: an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought 2: an earnest request or wish - Merriam-Webster Online

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prayer 1 an address as a petition to god or a god in word or thought 2 an earnest request or wish

Prayer: 1: an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought 2: an earnest request or wish

- Merriam-Webster Online

Prayeris the act of attempting to communicate, commonly with a sequence of words, with a deity or spirit for the purpose ofworshiping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins, or to express one's thoughts and emotions. The words of the prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person's words.


  • Christians believe that prayer is a gift from God. It is a direct line to the Heavens.
  • The most well-known prayer is The Lord’s Prayer (or Our Father) which can be found in the books of Matthew and Luke in the Holy Bible.
  • Prayer, for Christians, can be as simple as a thought, and as elaborate as a formal written document. They can be said anywhere, anytime.
  • Christians say prayers for guidance, gratitude, praise, wellness of family and friends, etc.


  • Prayer is a central characteristic of Jewish worship.
  • Most prayers are found in the siddur, the traditional Jewish prayer book.
  • Proper concentration is very important.
  • Jews traditionally pray three times daily- more on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays- and it is ideal to pray in a synagogue.
  • (Solitary prayer, however, is still valid.)


  • Muslims pray at least 5 times a day.
  • A rak’a, or cycle of prayer, consists of reciting the first chapter of the Qur’an in Arabic, followed by recitations to praise Allah.
  • Traditional Muslims pray while kneeling on prayer rugs with their bodies oriented toward Mecca in Saudi Arabia.


"To be a Baha'i simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood." - Abdu'l-Baha

  • The Bahá'í teachings prescribe daily prayer and intimate communion with God as the foundation for a life devoted to spiritual advancement and service to humanity.
  • In addition to private prayer, group prayer is often encouraged. Group prayer consists of readings taken from the Baha'i writings and the scriptures of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism and Buddhism.

  • Buddhists believe that in order for prayer to be effective it must be devoid of any self-centeredness and calculation, relying strictly on great compassion.
  • Buddhist prayer has nothing to do with begging for personal worldly or heavenly gains.
  • Buddhist prayer is a form of meditation; it is a practice of inner reconditioning.
  • Prayer can be performed anywhere, at any time.

  • In Hinduism, a prayer has two parts: one is soliciting a favor from the Almighty and the other is surrendering oneself to His will.
  • The success of prayer depends on one’s mindset. One must be dedicated and devoted, and one’s mind must be free of secular preoccupation.
  • Prayer can be silent or spoken thoughts performed at any time during the day. It is important to pray for others as well as oneself.
  • Prayers can be used to ask for something, give thanks, or just build communion with God.

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Christian Science
  • Prayer is seen as a central way to come closer to God and heal human ills. Prayer can be formal or informal thoughts and written Christian prayers.
  • For most Christian Scientists, healing through prayer is an effective first choice and, as a result, they turn to the power of prayer in lieu of medical treatment.
  • The sacred texts of Christian Science are the King James Version of the Holy Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.