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Prayer: For some, it is at the core of their daily routine. For others, it is a desperate reach for reassurance. And for still others, it is something to be avoided. Just looking through our own archives, we found several different perspectives. "I pray so that I may live, truly and gratefully."

9 perspectives on prayer – how often do you pray?

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Prayer: For some, it is at the core of their daily routine. For others, it is a desperate reach for reassurance. And for still others, it is something to be avoided. Just looking through our own archives, we found several different perspectives.

“I pray so that I may live, truly and gratefully.”

"The Prayer," by Pierre Jan Van Der Ouderaa (1841-1915). (Pintura Orientalista) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

– Nabihah Maqbool,on her prayer life as a Muslim

“I could hear her chanting prayer quietly in early morning.”

– JeongAn (Tiffany) Choi, on memories of her Buddhist grandmother at home in Korea

“… affirmative meditation and prayer are the highest forms of creative thought.”

– Some of the beliefs of Unity of Columbia

“It’s so dead that perhaps the only thing that could bring it back to life is, well, interfaith prayers for a miracle.”

– From a report on a prayer vigil for Medicaid expansion

“I think this is the beginning of a new way of having those sorts of conversations.”

– Kevin Glenn, on the Election Day Communion service, with prayers for unity amid political division

“But what about the people who don’t like the prayer rituals, but bow their heads like everyone else and try not to think about it?”

"Praying Monk," by Johann Friedrich Overbeck [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

– Greg Lammers, on the National Day of Prayer as an atheist

“We pray for God to intervene in this tragedy and comfort, save, defend and help us to make sense of this all. We ask for God to remember his promise, that he ’causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose for them’ (Romans 8:28).”

– Tim Morris, to his congregation on the Boston Marathon bombing

“They say that the best thing we can do is stop, reflect and pray. Well, that’s not enough for me.”

– Ryan Levi, on prayers in times of tragedy

“Prayer is a complicated thing.”

– Ci Cyfarth, on the importance of taking action along with prayer

How often do you pray? Take our poll:

What does prayer mean to you? Leave a comment to share your perspective. 

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Kellie Moore

About Kellie Moore

Kellie Moore (formerly Kotraba) serves as the editor and community manager of Columbia Faith & Values. Although she is originally from the West – Nevada and California – she’s now proud to call Missouri home.

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