Prayer

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Prayer defined: the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.
1. address to God: a spoken or unspoken address to God, a deity, or a saint. It may express praise, thanksgiving, confession, or a request for something such as help or somebody’s well-being.
2. addressing of God: the act or practice of making spoken or unspoken addresses to God, a deity, or a saint
3. something wished for: something that is wanted or hoped for very much religious service: a religious service at which prayers are said [13th century. Via Old Frenchpreiere< Latin precarius “obtained by entreaty” < precari pray > [13th century. Via Old French preier< Latinprecarientreat” [plead desperately: to beg somebody for something, often repeatedly] < prec- “prayer”] verb religion speak to God: to speak to God, a deity, or a saint, e.g. in order to give thanks, express regret, or ask for help 2. transitive and intransitive verb hope strongly: to hope strongly for something 3. transitive and intransitive verb address earnest request to somebody: to ask somebody for something, especially earnestly or with passion] [[13th century. Via Old Frenchtraitier “bargain with, negotiate” < Latin tractare “handle”  [[ Old English handlian (verb),handle (noun) <hand]] < trahere“pull”]

Buddhism

The greatest prayer is patience.
Buddha


Buddhist prayer is a practice to awaken our inherent inner capacities of strength, compassion and wisdom rather than to petition external forces based on fear, idolizing, and worldly and/or heavenly gain. Buddhist prayer is aform of meditation; it is a practice of inner reconditioning. Buddhist prayer replaces the negative with the virtuous and points us to the blessings of Life.

Christianity

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Bible Philippians 4:6-7 New King James Version

Judaism Silence is praise to You, O God in Zion, and to You a vow is paid. You, Who hearken to prayer, to You all flesh shall come. (Tehillim/Psalms
Chapter 65:1-2, Judaica Press version)

Religious Science (Science of Mind) All Good is eternally available and ready to flow into human experience.  We activate this flow by means of prayer. Through affirmative prayer, or spiritual mind treatment, we increase our consciousness of Good eternally flowing to us. Source – Foundational Class workbook [short form], 1993 revision, #4 of 10 Core Concepts, ReligiousScience.org website publication (Source – Foundational Class workbook [short form], 1993 revision, #4 of 10 Core Concepts, ReligiousScience.org

Christianity
“And whenever you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. I tell you with certainty, they have their full reward!

“But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees from the hidden place will reward you.” [b]

“When you are praying, don’t say meaningless things ”[c] like the gentiles do, because they think they will be heard by being so wordy.”

”Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6  Holy Bible:International Standard Version

You should consequently strive to be incessant in prayer, and in the midst of your corporal practices do not abandon it. Whether you eat, or drink, or speak, or converse with lay people, or do anything else, you should always do so with desire for God and with your heart fixed on him. This is very necessary for inner solitude, which demands that the soul dismiss any thought that is not
directed to God.  Source: St. John of the Cross website publication)

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mathew 26:41

Islam

[1] Establish prayer, from the declining of the sun till the darkness of the night, and the morning recitation; surely the morning recitation is witnessed
(A Manual of Hadith  by Maulana Muhammad Ali, Chap. IX,17:78)

[2] Woe to the praying ones, who are unmindful of their prayers, who pray to be seen, and withhold alms. (A Manual of Hadith  by Maulana Muhammad Ali, Chap.IX,107:4-7)

Sikhism
The season of spring, so delightful, has come.
Those who are imbued with love for You, O Lord, chant Your Name with joy.
Whom else should I worship? At whose feet should I bow?

I am the slave of Your slaves, O my Sovereign Lord King.

O Life of the Universe, there is no other way to meet You.
You have only One Form, and yet You have countless forms.
Which one should I worship? Before which one should I burn incense?
Your limits cannot be found. How can anyone find them?
I am the slave of Your slaves, O my Sovereign Lord King.

The cycles of years and the places of pilgrimage are Yours, O Lord.
Your Name is True, O Transcendent Lord God.
Your State cannot be known, O Eternal, Unchanging Lord God.
Although You are unknown, still we chant Your Name.

What can poor Nanak say?
All people praise the One Lord.
Nanak places his head on the feet of such people.
I am a sacrifice to Your Names, as many as there are, O Lord.  Shri Guru
Granth Sahib
: First Mehl, Basant

 

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