Do You Still Pray?

Philippines
November 21, 2009 2:35am CST
Living in a busy world with all the concerns we need to hurdle every day, it seems that 24 hours is not good enough to do all things that requires to be done in a day. At the end of the day we often find ourselves exhausted that sometimes even our family we tend to ignore, unintentionally, that is. How much more praying? do you still allocate a portion of your time to spend saying a little prayer? Do you still teach your kids to do it or even you, yourself don't do it anymore? Thank you in advance.:-)
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• United States
22 Nov 09
Several years ago I saw a picture in the paper of a woman sitting in the rubble of a bombed church. Others were coming to join her. The story with the picture explained how those people had become Christians in a land where it was forbidden to be of the Christian faith. The reigning government was systemically destroying every church building, hoping to destroy the people's faith. What they didn't understand is Christ's church is in the heart, but we love to join others to celebrate our faith. Killing a building does nothing to kill true faith. That woman and the other people were rebeling by attending the church,though it was little more than a pile of rocks, to pray and worship with each other and praise God. I live in a country where, for the moment, we can attend the church of our choice and pray and worship without fear of reprisal. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to pray and I take full advantage of that privilege. When we stop using something, such as prayer, we lose it eventually. Today, too many people are giving in to the few who want to destroy our faith. The Politically Correct are not our salvation, but may eventually be our destruction. Our God, religion, and holidays are scorned, joked about, and gradually are being forbidden, while we sit complacently by thinking "This is America. Such things cannot happen. We originally came here to have freedom of religion." Wake up! While we attend our churches once a week out of duty instead of gratitude, the wave is building to take away that freedom. Prayer is our strongest ally in a world gone mad. Do not give it up.
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• India
21 Nov 09
Yes I can manage to pray everyday. I think it is my fortune what you ssay!!!!
@agv0419 (3027)
• Philippines
21 Nov 09
Yes I'm always praying before I go to sleep. I ask God for forgiveness and guidance. Prayers is important because it is our connection to God. We can say everything to God and forgiveness to our sins. I'm bit guilty because I'm not active anymore to my religion and I seldom go to church but I never to forget God everyday.
• Philippines
8 Dec 09
@vaibhavi80: Bless your soul, my dear. I believe you are most at peace with everything around you because you always find time to talk to God. How I wish I can do the same, too.:-)
• Philippines
8 Dec 09
@Agv: At least you still hav that desire to communicate with God. What is important is we never really try to forget how He loved us and that He is our only source of strength. I'm glad to hear you still acknowledge Him.:-) Whatever guilt feelings you have right now, tell it to Him. Probably He will listen to you again, as always.:-)
• United States
21 Nov 09
I don't pray to "God" really. And when I have kids I'll never force them into that stuff.
• Philippines
21 Nov 09
Why? What do you find wrong with praying to God?
• United States
21 Nov 09
I don't find anything wrong in praying to "God". I just don't believe in him, not everyone does. I mean, other people can do it, I won't stop them. But its really just not my thing to do since I'm pagan. And I will never force religion on my children in the future. They can choose their own path in life jut like I was capable of doing.
• Philippines
8 Dec 09
Hello, Sammyinsanity. I respect your opinion and what you believe is true. Even Christians and God believers don't really impose to their children to pray. Prying for most Christians is the way to talk to God.Thank you for sharing your views here.:-)
• United States
23 Nov 09
There are times I pray when I've gone to bed, but sometimes I just don't feel like it. I've prayed in the morning, but not as often as I should. I know prayer is important, but for some reason my mind tends to wonder.
• United States
23 Nov 09
Sorry, I didn't mean my mind wonders, but wanders. I guess you could say I wonder why my minds wanders during prayer time.
@samson1967 (7422)
• India
21 Nov 09
If meditation is praying, then I pray very often, like while travelling, walking in the nature, and when in soltitude!!! Every Friday we(me and my family) pray together by reciting rosary.
• Philippines
8 Dec 09
And I believe you also have a happy family that believes a family that prays together stays together.:-) I'm happy to hear that, my dear.:-)
• India
21 Nov 09
I do pray daily in the morning and in the evening too,i feel apart from our personal works we've to spare some time in the prayer,i'm not a married one after getting married i do make my children also to follow the same............
• Philippines
8 Dec 09
Hello, Pradeeptheone.:-) I'm pretty sure you will instill a God fear and respect to your children. Good for you, my dear.:-) I hope you will continue doing the same for all throughout the years.:-)
@aguas_aj (501)
• Philippines
28 Nov 09
sometimes, it is really hard to get to pray at night or even in the morning, but a small thank you prayer at night is not that really time consuming. sometimes I get to sleep on my prayer, but I believe it's better than just really not praying. Thank Him for the whole day and all blessing and my family safety is always what I got to pray for. When I'm traveling or even in places where I have no choice but to sit, I pray in my mind. Have you heard the Bible verse that is praying without ceasing. It means, at all time pray. It doesnt have to be aloud, just the fact that you're communicating with God is important. Remember God knows everything, and that includes what runs in our mind. and definitely, I want to teach my kid the same thing. Prayer can do a lot, not just in times of financial or emotional need, but it makes your soul more calm
@jdyrj777 (6543)
• United States
25 Nov 09
Yes, i prya everyday. Talking to Jahoah is something i can not do without.
24 Nov 09
I do pray daily.When my children were small I used to make short prayer and I taught my children also to pray.Now that my children are married I have time and I am able to say alonger prayer .I celebrate all the feasts and in all these rituals there are long pujas and I have the satisfaction of being in the presence the omnipotent almighty .It is true that at times when my prayers were unheard I become frustrated and I try to ignore praying .But that is only for a short time .Later I resign myself to the fact God knows what to do and I again pray as usual.
• Malaysia
24 Nov 09
Hi, Eureka! Yes, I still pray. I will pray at night before I go to sleep. Both of my hubby and I will remind each other to pray and sometimes we go to the church. We believe in God, but I admit that we sometimes tend to neglect our duties and only pray in times of trouble and when we face difficulties.
@chiepao (714)
• Philippines
24 Nov 09
I'm in a religious family and I'm proud to say that I still pray and go to church every sunday. A simple thank you and grace for the food before eating could be a prayer. We can always find time for it if we want to :)
• United States
23 Nov 09
I pray every night and every morning plus I chat with God druing the day when I have something I want to talk to him about. I have prayed every day for as far back as I remember and that is at least 60 years.
@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
23 Nov 09
Yes, I do still say Prayers and daily. I always am Praying about something, for someone and I feel it is a necessary part of my day as well. Since I am also a Strong Church goer I believe one can never Pray enough, and when a person is having a Bad day or facing a major situation in their life to be able to Pray for help and guidance could never hurt for sure.
@dorcam (323)
• Malta
23 Nov 09
Yes I still pray before I sleep.
@1hopefulman (46030)
• Canada
22 Nov 09
Prayer should never be neglected. There is no excuse for allowing a single day go by without approaching our Heavenly Father in prayer. Would we let a whole day go by without breathing? Remember prayers do not have to be long. They do not have to be done in any special place or any special position. We can pray briefly under any circumstances. They do have to be any special recititations. They should be from our heart. If one single day passed and I had not prayed a few times I would think there was something wrong with me. Had I eaten food without saying thanks to God? Impossible!
@aerous (13461)
• Philippines
22 Nov 09
Hello eurekafemme, Nice to participate with your discussion again, my friend. I still pray, my friend. When I take a meal I pray. To go somewhere or take a travel anywhere I pray first before I go out...All in all I pray. Have a nice day!
@marciascott (25553)
• United States
22 Nov 09
Yes, I always pray, prayer is the key, you don't have a lot of Kaos in your lives if you here, that is a good thing to pray, I try to go to Church every Sunday. It make you feel better, and makes your week or day run a lot smoother.
• United States
22 Nov 09
I pray almost every night, depending on how I feel. Ive been ill for many years now, and have tons of stress in my life and praying and asking God for guidance is the only way to carry on. My son prays to, when he needs to. I never forced religion on him, but he still believes in God. I also worship in my own way. Sometimes I watch hour of power on tv only cause I can't go to church. And I tend to watch religious movies on tbn to once a week. I was never really religious either, but I do believe in God, and our holy savior Jesus Christ.
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
22 Nov 09
Hi eurekafemme, I have come to see that life itself is a prayer, we don't need to use words, but positive statements or affirmations can often help us. Actions speak louder then words and are real prayers. There is no better prayer then living the golden rule and we all need to learn this. We do not need to petition God for the things we want but rather be grateful for what we already have and more good will follow.God does not need our praise because God already knows what is within our hearts and minds. It would be much better if we teach our children this truth, rather than to say words when their minds may be elsewhere. Blessings.
@Annmarks (39)
22 Nov 09
Yes, I pray, probably, not, as much as I should do, I do. I believe, in the power of pray, know, it can work miracles, if, we, put pray to one side, a lot has to do with, the busy pace of life, we all are living, sometimes, there can seem, to be, not, enough hours in the day, for prayer. Only, it is an important part of our well being, even, if, at first, it can seem to be, a habit, do not knock it, as, I pray, every night before I go to sleep, I do, try to pray, at other times, as well. Prayer, keeps us on the right track, believing, someone, else is also in control, cares for us. I wanted, prayer to become an natural way of life for our children to follow, if, they choice to do so, you teach them, the right way to come, when they are little, no doubt, as they grow, they might rebel, thinking things over in their mind, even, leaving prayer behind for a while, this is all healthy, as it has to be their descion, not, mine, no matter, what I want for them, it is, in their hands, I feel, certain, if, any of our children are unsure about their faith, we can talk it over, if, they wish to do so, you may lose them a while, not neccassarly in the physcial sense, they will come back to you, same, with prayer, it touches lives, when, you least, expect it do so. I hope, you to, will be blessed.