Christian Spirituality -Prayer as an act of worship
How and why do Christians pray?
Do you know anyone who prays? Some people pray regularly but sometimes prayer isn’t something people give much throught to at all. People pray in many different ways for lots of reasons. Christians see prayer as an important part of their relationship with God, after all talking to a loved one is a normal part of life.
Sometimes people can struggle with the concept of talking to someone that can’t be seen. People can wonder if they are talking to themselves. Praying to God isn’t the same as having a conversation with a human being but Christians believe that it’s important to be aware that God is present, He is listening and that He does answer. Watch this film to find out how Christians believe God speaks to them.
Christians believe that God is all knowing as well as always being present and all powerful. So if God knows it all why pray?
Knowing that God already knows is a great place to start because one doesn’t have to explain or put on a show for God, He is there for someone just as they are, they don’t have to change or do anything special before they approach Him. Christians believe that prayer changes them and that it is about listening as well as talking. Christians also believe that God has given people free will but that God loves people and wants to be deeply involved in their lives.
By inviting God into situations He can help improve situations when they are difficult, support people through struggles, comfort people with His presence and bless their lives. Christians believe that God should be involved in every aspect of life and celebrates with people in their joys and draws close to them in their sadnesses. Christians also believe that they are family together. When they pray they are joining with many others around the world who are doing the same.
Christians believe that as they spend time with God they grow in love more. That helps them to understand God’s will better and creates a greater awareness of what is going on and situations and people they should care about. Christians believe that it’s important to be thankful when they pray and to have an attitude of thankfulness in general, remembering all the good things in their lives and in the world. Christians believe that it’s still important to be thankful even when things are difficult.
Sometimes Christians find it helpful to spend time praising God in prayer as it reminds them of how powerful God is and how they need to trust Him. Praying is an act of faith and believing that God can change a situation is an important reason Christians talk directly to God. Some Christians also pray to the Virgin Mary and other saints but this is not the same as prayer to God, it is more a request for the prayers of the saints on the person’s behalf.
Intercession is an important part of prayer. It means to speak on behalf of someone and many Christians feel compelled to pray regularly by petitioning God on behalf of people or circumstances, asking God to intervene especially when humanly speaking a situation seems impossible. Christians use the Lord’s prayer as Jesus’ example of how to approach prayer and the line “your will be done” ultimately acknowledges that God is in control and knows the right response.