Do we have to go to church to pray?

@cutie143 (215)
Philippines
June 1, 2008 11:11pm CST
My family is a roman catholic but we seldom go to church and attend mass.For me, what's important is that God is in your heart mind and soul. My friends to told me that we must attend mass because its our duty. Do we really have to go to church to pray when we can talk to God anywhere?
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@emmanola (482)
8 Jun 08
To best answer the question asked the word "church" should be clearly defined and understood by all. First and foremost, I want to state that I attend christian meetings and not churches. The reason is simple, God is concerned more about His people and the place or places where they meet can never influence how God will relate to His people. God relates well to His people who serve Him in spirit and in truth. As at today, there is a great misconception about what a church is. Church is not a place people go to, church is a people! When we say church is a people, we do not mean just any persons. Church is made up of persons who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior and are being guided by the Holy Spirit. Church is a direct translation from the Greek word "eklessia" which simply means "called out". Called out from where, we may ask?; called out from the world of corruption, ungodliness and sin. Each person who has been called out to become a christian (Christ-like) is an integral part of the church. In other words, church is a living entity and not an inanimate building as many persons and religion erroneously believe. The bible makes it clear that every believer in Christ is being built up a living temple for the habitation of God through His Spirit. The building where so called "christians" meet for worship is not as important as the believers who worship in the building. The size or shape or cost of the building is immaterial, for it is the people who are the church and not the physical building. Let us know that God is a Spirit and He can never dwell in a physical place as buildings people refer to as churches. God dwells in His people for God's people are spiritual beings. If any person has any doubt about this submission, the person should pick a bible and clearly study the clear differences of how God related with the Israelites in the old testament and how He now relates to His people today in this new testament.
@lora2507 (33)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Jesus said They that worship must worship in Spirit and Truth. The Holy Spirit is with those who believe in God. God is Everywhere. He sees all. He knows All. You can pray in church. Which is just a building. The true church of God is the church the worships the Lord Jesus in Spirit and Truth Meaning with a Chirstlike SPirit in reverance towards the Lord Jesus. YOu can pray in a church, that is good Pray in your room great pray outside There are no boundaries or limits says the Lord.
@jason1308 (1587)
• France
8 Jun 08
I am also a Roman catholic, and although I do go to church every week and and Holy days, I don't believe that you have to go to church to pray. I pray to God and the Saints quietly on my own every night before going to bed so as to put my mind at rest so that I can have a good nights sleep, and the form of prayer normally takes the form of thanking God for his help and guidance throughout the day. During the Day I pray to God, but in a different way, I talk to him as if he was sitting right next to me, and whilst driving or walking will often have a talk (prayer) with god asking for advice, or help on certain matters. I don't think it really matters how you Pray, as long as you believe and talk to God, and truly mean it in your heart, then I believe God will hear you and help you, even if the initial result isn't always the one that you you want, you often find that is the correct result.
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
Going to church for me doesn't only meant to pray although prayers is part of it. But basically, going to church to me is to worship God. As to your question , do we have really to go to church to pray when we can talk to God anywhere ? We can still pray to God wherever we maybe, in our room, in the office, or even in the crowd. Prayers, worship and the like doesn't necessarily require to go to a church but it is wonderful to go to church for a gathering of the believers for unified prayers and worship.
@danoluma (817)
• Kenya
8 Jun 08
Its good to go to church and pray together with others and also listen to the preacher man
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
Well, talking to God anywhere is fine but meeting Him in His house which is the church is very pleasing to Him. The church is the solemn place to pray rather than anywhere else.
@eihdra (3116)
• Philippines
2 Jun 08
hi. I was born Catholic too but is now a Christian. I remember a time when I was a kid and sickly, I cannot go to church with the family because of the health problems. I love going to mass because the church we usually go to is a big, old but grand church. Anyway, I asked my dad how can God hear me when I'm not in His house to pray? He said too, that God is all around us and I don't have to go to church just to pray. I can go someplace where it's quiet and no one's around, kneel down and say my prayers. My prayers will be heard because God has no boundaries and limitations. It doesnt mean that because you're not in the church He wouldn't listen to you. My dad said, I haven't said my prayers yet, God already knows it. It's not the place but your prayers that counts the most..
2 Jun 08
You can talk with god everywhere if you have a strong believe in God. If you simply follow other people go to church everyday, that just nonsense.
@Cocoa33 (921)
• United States
2 Jun 08
i would say no. u dont need to go church just to pray. God is everywhere. that doesn't mean we should stop going to church all together. we still need to go, to hear the word of god.
@loujac3 (1189)
• United States
2 Jun 08
We can pray anywhere. I took on a job that prevented me from attending services on sunday. The Episcopal church doesn't have weekday services. I really missed going to services and I felt empty. I am not a regular attender but I do try to go twice a month. Prayer in incorporated in various parts of my day. It is something I do without really giving it alot of thought.