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Prayer - Christians believe that praying is communicating with God.

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?????????????????? RE Coursework- prayer INTRODUCTION: Christians believe that praying is communicating with God. Prayers can be done in many different ways. For example it can be done in silence, by talking to God, meditating to God, singing to God and through the Bible. There are four different types of prayer-Adoration, praising God and letting him know how wonderful he is. Confession, asking forgiveness for the sins they've committed and knowing what they have done is wrong. Thanksgiving, thanking God for the things he's done for people. And finally Supplication, asking God for help when people are in need. The three prayers I am going to talk about are; Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. This is because I find them interesting and also think that these are the three most important prayers. Christians doesn't spend all their time on praying. Christians spend most of their time doing everyday normal lives. So to leave this hectic life style for a while and pray not only restore their faith in God but also sends them a sense of peacefulness, which many people seek out for. So prayers play an important part of a Christian's life. ...read more.


People believe that Christians have always thanked God. If I was going to thank God, I can thank him for my great family, for helping us through illness and for looking after my idols. Here are just some of the prayers of thanksgiving; Old testament The Lord's Goodness to His people PSALMS 106 "Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good; his love is eternal". New testament Paul's prayer for his readers PHILIPPAS "3 I thank my God for you every time I think of you". Conclusion: Thanksgiving is always good because this let people know how grateful they really are. So thanking God will make people a whole lot better knowing that God knows about their gratefulness. SUPPLICATION Supplication means asking for help from God. People may pray to God asking him to send them strength to go through something. They could also pray hoping that their friends or family can overcome a sickness Christians believe that praying for selfish reasons are wrong and those prayers will not be answered. If Christians believe that God is some kind of force, and a prayer is not answered, they think it's because the prayer hasn't reached him or because God did not want to change things. ...read more.


Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven, Give us this daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us And 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. This is the Lord's Prayer and is very important for Christians. It is called Lord's Prayer because Jesus Christ had taught his disciples of this prayer. This prayer is said at many different occasions. For example if someone were just about to face death, they would usually chose to say the Lord's Prayer. "It's meaningless to pray the Lord's Prayer, the same words, at every Sunday service". I do not agree with this statement. Prayers are known to give people a sense of hope and peacefulness and as you keep repeating the same words over and over again, the more you believe in it. They (words) help you understand the true meaning behind the prayer and help you see the light. Some people are known to pray just to show off to people. This will not give them hope or strength. It will only increase people's selfishness and stupidity. Jesus had also acknowledged of these people and had said to follow their footsteps. Among these people there are quite a lot of true believers. ...read more.

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