When people tell you that they are going to pray for you, you might wonder exactly what that means. Many religious people pray to God, sometimes asking for certain things to be resolved, or asking for answers to questions that they have. If a person is sick, you will often see people praying for their recovery, but what exactly is this process of prayer? Are you actually talking to God? Or is prayer something that is more of a subjective experience, a way of focusing your attention on the things that you want to manifest in this life, provided by the universe? This article will address what prayer is by popular definition, and then offer some alternative ideas as to what this is all about.
The Definition Of Prayer
By definition, prayer is a verbal or mental request to God, or even the universe, for some type of help for the person that is praying, or for the benefit of another person. It is often used in religions, and although it does happen at the place where religious activities to occur, it is also something that can be done wherever a person happens to be. It can also be defined as a wish or hope for someone to receive something whether this is a monetary value, or to help them with their health. It is typically referred to in this manner in Western Christian religions, whereas Eastern religions may refer to this as a form of meditation.
Do Prayers Work?
There has been no scientific study which has ever shown that prayers actually can lead to an end result such as requesting the healing of another person. There are coincidental events that sometimes happen after a prayer is made, and it must be referred to as coincidence in most cases because an explanation cannot be made for what actually happens for this individual, especially when it coincides with the request made during the prayer itself. Prayer is not science, as you cannot test it and have a repeated result, and therefore it is left to subjective interpretation. However, if you believe that there is a higher power, or that you are part of a greater plan, it can most certainly in many cases be considered the divine intervention of someone or something outside of the scope of normal reality.
If you ever have a problem, and you decide to pray to God, or simply say a prayer for the benefit of another, it is at the very least a good thing to do as it is an intention on the part of the person making a prayer to either change their life for the better, or help someone else, requesting the intervention of something outside of their own capabilities. Until the day that prayers can actually be evaluated and tested, showing that they are legitimately a force to be reckoned with, they will still be used by millions of people across the world as a way of making changes in the real world with the intent of accessing divine intervention to affect a change that could not be done any other way.