September 9, 2008
“What is Prayer?”
Prayer is defined as a devout petition to God or to an object of worship. Prayer is a universal word that means communicating with ones creator. It is one of the greatest tools a person can have in the world because it opens the door to a dialogue with God. Prayer is very powerful to people because it deeply connects the mind and the heart to the Source. It allows people to have a deeper, fuller connection with their God without having to go to a church temple or any other place of worship.
People pray everyday because not only does it give them someone to talk to about everyday occurrences, but prayer gives people everywhere a chance to build their relationship with God. Prayer is a key asset in building your love for God. Christianity, Catholicism or any other religion isn’t just about rules; it is about the connection you have with God. To be able to pray to any God allows you to let him point out your needs and how he satisfies them.
In the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel, the first character introduced is Moshe the Beadle. Moshe the Beadle is a poor Jewish man who chants when he walks the streets. The protagonist of the book, Eliezer, wants to further his learning of his Jewish religion by learning mysticism. Eliezer’s father discourages him by saying that he isn’t ready to study mysticism. Eventually, Moshe the Beadle becomes Eliezer’s mentor of Jewish mysticism. When Moshe the Beadle is at a synagogue, he sees Eliezer weeping as he prayed. When Moshe the Beadle asked Eliezer why he cried while he prayed, Eliezer didn’t know. When people pray there is an unconditional love that we feel from the Source. When people weep as they pray they are receiving, experiencing and giving back God’s love which is a love that is raw and pure.
In the book, Eliezer narrates that he weeps at the destruction of the Temple. Another reason why people pray is to fight spiritually. Prayer is a tool that can be used in fighting...