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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Today’s prayer program

 What is prayer? How can we energize ourselves through prayer?

We have said, sung and heard many prayers since childhood. Over time, we developed faith in prayer. Let us strengthen this belief by understanding today – what is the meaning of prayer? What are the benefits of prayer? How to pray to God? To whom should I pray? What should I pray for?

This understanding will lead us to a better life and will also help in the growth of our spiritual journey. Prayer, when done with the right understanding, has a profound effect on our well-being and spiritual growth.

So first of all let us understand what is the meaning of prayer…

Prayer is communication with God!

It is a conversation with the God within us, or with the image and photo of the God we worship, or with the divine power in which we place our faith.

It’s a no-strings-attached connection! Therefore prayer can be done at any time and in any place!

Generally, it is the advice of our elders and gurus that one should offer namaz early in the morning every day. The idea behind praying first thing in the morning is that we consider it very important before starting our daily busy lives. However, if it is not possible to pray in the morning, then there is no harm in it, even if we pray at any time of the day.

Prayer is the act of submitting a request to God!

Param Pujya Dadashri says, ‘Prayer’ means making supernatural demands from God!

Whenever we need something but can’t get it or we need help and need guidance from someone but we don’t get it, we pray to God with utmost faith, love and heart and our Prayers are definitely answered!

Our sincere prayer brings all circumstances together.
those which can be washed away by true spiritual effort, and the third kind are those which cannot be changed, no matter how much we Make effort. Man remains free only by enjoyment. This third type of karma is sticky.

In the scriptures, this sticky action is called ‘Nikchit’ Karma. In which a person has to suffer karma in any case. However, even at this time prayer can provide some relief. That’s why praying is so important. Prayer does not help in destroying the karma but provides the needed stability and inner peace at this stage….

Awareness arises from the Moon when we experience painful karma. This is because at that time we pray to the Lord, ‘O Lord, save me from these deeds.’ Then awareness arises from the moon. God does not give Jagran but by taking His name, awareness is created month after month.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, “There are so many problems outside, so much despair, it is good to worship. If a person is excessively anxious, and chants loudly, then accordingly the situation calms down. Another reason is that there is no such thing as silent prayer.”

Prayer means letting go of your problems and worries

Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication. In the narrow sense, the term refers to an act of supplication or intercession directed towards a deity or a deified ancestor. More generally, prayer can also have the purpose of thanksgiving or praise, and in comparative religion is closely associated with more abstract forms of meditation and with charms or spells.

Prayer can take a variety of forms: it can be part of a set liturgy or ritual, and it can be performed alone or in groups. Prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creedal statement, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person.

The act of prayer is attested in written sources as early as 5000 years ago. Today, most major religions involve prayer in one way or another; some ritualize the act, requiring a strict sequence of actions or placing a restriction on who is permitted to pray, while others teach that prayer may be practised spontaneously by anyone at any time.

Scientific studies regarding the use of prayer have mostly concentrated on its effect on the healing of sick or injured people. The efficacy of prayer in faith healing has been evaluated in numerous studies, with contradictory results.

Whenever there is any problem in life, we pray to God. This shows that prayer means surrendering all your problems and worries, surrendering all your plans and illusions to the lotus feet of the Lord.

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