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Explain what prayer is. How do Christians pray?

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GCSE Christianity - Prayer Explain what prayer is. How do Christians pray? (AO1) Prayer has been described as "the life breath of the Christian faith". In it's simplest definition, prayer is "talking to God". Prayer has always been a part of religion, especially the Christian faith. Christian prayer is not compulsory, and unlike religions like Islam there is no set time or place in which to pray. The Christian faith teaches that we can pray to God wherever and whenever we need to. The disciples asked Jesus how to pray. Jesus' reply is his model prayer which is still a good way to pray today: "Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen." Matthew ch 6 v 9 - 13 This prayer contains the basic elements of prayer. Reverence for God is upheld ("holy is Your name") ...read more.

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As many activities involve and develop the body, prayer develops and strengthens the spirit of a person. The world's attitude towards money is also very different to what the Bible demands of Christians. "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money." Matthew ch 6 v 24 1 Timothy ch 6 v 9 - 10 demonstrates the contradicting views of God and the world on money: "But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs." This is a demonstration of how prayer may lead to a change in a person's view on worldly possessions and priorities. When Christians pray they adore (worship) God, they confess their sins, they thank God and they ask Him to meet their needs (supplication). ...read more.

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in spite of this, if one looks into this, there is plenty. I believe that if the Bible's authenticity can be proved, then its content must be reliable. If Jesus was who he said he was (the Son of God), then prayer to God cannot be a waste of time. A good way to look at how trustworthy the Bible is, is to look at who approves it. Albert Einstein said: "The scientific method can teach us nothing beyond how facts are related to and conditioned by each other...knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be. One can have the clearest and most complete knowledge of what is, and yet not be able to deduce from that what should be the goal of our human aspirations. This goal is to please our Creator." Many other intelligent and knowledgeable people have found themselves concluding that the Bible is the word of God, and that He must exist. This Bible says that this God is a loving being who wants a relationship with us. In this way, Christianity can be "proved", yet there are still steps of faith to be taken (i.e. - prayer). There must be some element of faith involved in Christianity as there is in every religion. However, it is not "blind" faith as many people think. Lucy McCanna 9141 ...read more.

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