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Report on Prayer.

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RS Coursework - Report on Prayer a) How do Christians pray? In this section of my report on Christian prayer I'm going to be looking at how Christians pray. Prayer is both talking and listening to God, the dictionary definition of prayer is asking earnestly or to entreat. Christians pray in two main places, in pubic and private worship. There are four major types of prayer that can be used in both public and private worship these include Adoration prayers, Confession prayers, Thanksgiving prayers, Intercession prayers and Supplication prayers. Adoration prayers are prayers in praise of God. Confession prayers are prayers in which people admit to God that they've committed sins. Thanksgiving prayers are prayers that thank God for things he has done or provided. Intercession prayers are prayers that are for other people for example praying to God to look after a friend who's going through hard times. Finally supplication prayers are prayers that ask God for something. Public worship in used by Christians in a group to share the worship for example in a church service. Public worship can either be liturgical or non-liturgical. Liturgical worship is worship that follows a set order and is more formal. ...read more.

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Christians pray in a wide variety of positions. In meditation so they can focus there thoughts, in Church - they're in the house of God, Standing so they have freedom to move, sitting down so they're comfortable, standing with arms up stretched towards God - lifting praises to him, kneeling as a sign of reverence and humility and standing with hands out so they're open to god and open to receive the holy spirit. From my survey on Christian prayer I found that most Christians don't think it matters how you pray its that you have faith in God and pray that matters. Bibliography: I got my sources and information from - the Bible, 'Christianity a new approach' by Kevin O' Donnell, 'GCSE for you Christianity by Anne Jordan', my class work, my survey and from 'The power of Positive Thinking' by Norman Vincent Peale. b) Why do Christians pray? Christians pray for many reasons some of these reasons include forming a relationship with God, God is like a father to all Christians seeing as he made them and forming a relationship with God by praying would make you feel closer to him. Some Christians use prayer as an opportunity for reflection on their lives 'I pray not to change God but to change myself' (C.S. ...read more.

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Also asking Gods advice can help because if a Christian was to know that God was backing them up and with them in their decision then they would put 100% of there effort into getting the job which helps. Extensive knowledge of Christianity can be gained by using prayer and is another reason why Christians pray, it helps them learn about faith when they have faith in God God answers they're prayers. Christians also pray for the felling it gives them after they have prayed. From my survey I found that the most important things a Christian could gain from prayer is getting to know themselves and forgiveness. Both those things can bring a feeling of joy to a Christian's life. Christians don't have to pray for a reason or pray at a set time they can pray when they feel like it. It says in the bible 'Is anyone of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing the songs of praise. Is anyone of you sick? Pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And then prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.... Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. ...read more.

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