|Fervent prayer (1)|
At some point, I think everyone whispers a prayer. Sometimes it's just a series of heart-felt words that are said to the sky, with a hope that whatever is out there receives the communication. There's a joke that says so long as there are exams in school, there will also be prayer in school, and it's funny and very true at the same time. While they might not be the most orthodox, those prayers are just as real as the ones said in a church, synagogue, or temple.
|Artistic prayer (2)|
Another method that I use for praying for others is a prayer bowl. I sometimes keep a bowl on my altar that I fill with prayer requests. These might be printed emails, jotted names from church or temple, or a more formal prayer list shared by another. Once a week, I will sit down with the bowl, and take out each paper, and read the important parts out loud. It might be just a name, or it might be a story with a plea for help. It doesn't matter. I ask the Divine to give to these people the healing they require, and to bring a measure of strength and joy into their lives.
|Formal prayer (3)|
I don't know if there's any particular magic behind prayer. I just know that it does no harm at all, and that it often brings about startling results. There are studies that show prayer helps people to heal, even though science hasn't explained why. Whether it's an act of Divine guidance from above, or a miracle, or even if it's just the placebo effect, it doesn't matter. What matters is that prayer has the ability to make people feel better, act better, and BE better.
What do you do when people ask for you to pray for them? Do you have a special way you pray for others?
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