The Power of Prayer in a Family

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The Power of Prayer in a Family

The power of prayer in a family is the very foundation that keeps a family unit together. Most of you must have heard the phrase “A family that prays together stays together”. This concept is so true, as a family that has their focus on praying to the Almighty has a foundation that may be shaken at times, but it will withstand all that comes against them.

Majority of families rarely participate in activities together nowadays, and rather prefer to direct their attention to the television, computers or cell phones. They lack unity from God through prayers.

It’s important that parents have their children involved in family prayers, as this teaches them the importance of prayers and builds their relationship with the Almighty. The power of prayer in a family helps every family member to establish trust with one another, pray together, and come in agreement through God, which brings unity to the household.

“Be sure to teach the families to pray all together – father, mother, and children. For the family that prays together stays together, and if they stay together they will love one another as Jesus loves each one of them…I will be praying that the Lord will bring peace into the world through the love of fathers for their families…” ~ Mother Teresa

When I was younger I always found prayers to be boring because it just seemed like an endless stream of meaningless words. But later when I truly understood what prayer meant, my whole perspective about prayer changed, and I understood its meaning and reason. It’s simply the opening of one’s heart to the Almighty; it’s going to Him and telling Him everything in your heart.

What is prayer?

Prayer is a relationship, wherein we humbly worship, communicate, and seek God, knowing that He loves and hears us, and will respond to us, though not always in a manner we may desire or expect.

It is the utterance from our spirit to God, or talking to God is called prayer. We must have a humble heart when we pray and it’s our attitude in prayer that matter most.

We often get confused about prayers, so let’s check out what prayer is not-

  • It is not magic, as we can’t summon God as if he’s a genie, who would grant our wishes instantly.
  • It does not make demands.
  • It is for our benefit, not God’s.
  • It is not an opportunity for us to show off.
  • It is not a guarantee against suffering.

Prayer in the family is important to manage and care for your family, teach them God’s ways, lead them towards God, and help them deal with life. A family with a heart for prayer for each other will have a heart for prayer for the world.

Grow to be the family that prays together. Prayers in a family draw you nearer to God, and the words uttered in prayer have wonder-working powers.

How can we pray in a family?

Prayer in a family can be done in many ways. It can be done by you in your closet, by praying together with your spouse or children, praying together as a family unit, and praying with friends. The power of prayer in a family not only lays a foundation for family life, it also surrounds your family with protection and peace.

“Prayers go up and blessings come down.” ~ Yiddish Proverb.

You can pray alone or among a group of people. Prayer can be spoken, sang aloud, or even thought inside one’s head, as sometime no words are necessary to convey what you feel; instead it’s a period of meditative thought and time spent between you and God.

Some families may choose spontaneous, less structured prayers, while others may prefer prearranged prayers or repetitions. In both cases, prayers are a privilege and require a commitment between parents, children, and God.

The main reasons as I see why we pray as a family is-

  • To ask God for enlightenment, peace, strength, happiness, and contentment.
  • To depend on God for help in tough times or when we are distressed.
  • For giving us the ability to comfort, serve, and help others.
  • To ask for tranquility from the Almighty when our mind is restless and tensed.
  • To surrender ourselves completely to God.
  • For expecting Him to decide what’s best for us when we are in a problem.
  • To give us a pure and true heart, and make us abide in Him forever.
  • To thank Him for his blessings and all that he has given us.

Most of us, single or married, are eternally part of some family in some-way, somehow, somewhere. And much of our joy in life comes as we correctly recognize and develop those relationships. We are alive and come to this earth with a mission to learn to love and serve one another, thus God placed us in families. I guess he knows that is where we can best learn to overcome pride and selfishness, sacrifice for others, and to make helpfulness, happiness, humility, and love the very essence of our character.

Along the way we learn that friends and neighbors come and go, but family is forever. Call your family together, and make your family prayer top priority. It may be awkward at first, if you haven’t been doing it, but just proceed and be consistent.

Every morning and every evening, sit together to pray or kneel in humility, giving each family member frequent opportunities to say the prayer and uniting in gratitude for the blessings given by Him. Regular prayer in the family draws family members nearer to God and to one another.

Our children learn to communicate with Him, we learn to be better prepared to serve others and withstand temptations, and our homes will be places of spiritual strength, a refuge from the evil influences of the world.

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Ever since my children started their schooling and now whenever they leave home, I would close the door behind them and whisper a prayer for them from my heart to God’s ears. Similarly, whenever any near or dear one is travelling a long distance or going out of the house, there is a silent moment I share with God and pray to keep them safe all through the journey. Also, the last thing I do at night before I close my eyes is pray, and give thanks to the Almighty for the day and keeping my family and everyone else safe.

Some families even have a tradition in their homes where all the family members hold hands around the table and in rotation; a different family member leads the family in a prayer of thanks before meals. This is such a wonderful way of giving thanks!

A great saying goes like this, “God gives free refills!”, and this works perfect for me, as my cup gets empty many times during the day, being a parent and living in a family. Talking to God is the best way I have ever found to recharge and renew!

Suggestions about prayer in a family

Some suggestions that the power of prayer in a family may work for you -

1- Pray regularly

Be consistent with prayers and keep a fixed time to pray every-day. The best times to pray with your child is when they are on the way to school (if you are driving them) or before they leave home, and at bedtime- regardless of age. You could pray for test, teachers, activities, and friends.

Once they become teenagers, the prayer time is best shifted to breakfast time. I know my kids have their own ways of saying their prayers before leaving school, and their prayers become a little longer on the day they have their tests!

Bedtime prayers can be more personal for each child, and as a family you can pray for their relationships, future mate, challenges, activities, and don’t forget to thank the Almighty for the wonderful day.

2- Set an example and pray with your child

It is easy to pray if it’s just between you and God. But as parents, you need to make your children part of your prayers, and make them sit with you when you pray. Be role models for your children and let them see you pray so that they learn it from you.

3- Pray together as a couple

Try and end each day in prayer as a couple, thanking Him for the day, the beautiful children you have (if you have), or for just being alive and well.

4- Prayer changes you

Parents often worry about their children and the company they are in, because they know that such company can influence them in either positive or negative ways. But the more time you spend time with God and pray as a family, the more your face will shine with the radiance of God.

Your nature will change, and so will your habits and lifestyle. You no longer live selfish lives but love others with a sincere and pure heart. The power of prayer in a family changes us from the inside, which soon gets reflected on the outside.

5- Prayer protects

It is important to pray for His protection on your family every day. Pray for your spouse, parents, children and so many others- every single day.

We hold a major responsibility as parents to make our kids aware of the importance of prayers in a family, as children are extremely vulnerable and the choices they make in their growing years will shape their future. My father always makes sure to say a small prayers before any of us travels long distance, and we do the same in our family.

6- Prayers heal

Studies indicate that those who pray are emotionally and physically healthier that those who don’t and it helps those who suffer from depression, anxiety, and even terminal illnesses. Pray even for those around you or those in need. Pray for spiritual, emotional, and physical healing for yourself, your family, and those around you.

7- Prayer strengthens relationships

The power of prayer in a family is known to strengthen relationships, as when we pray for those we know and love, it helps us to understand that person better. It makes us more patient and understanding in trying situations, and knowing that God will answer our prayers in his time, makes it easier.

8- Be creative

Try to involve all members of the family when you pray, and you may need to have more than one prayer if you have a large family and everyone has to be included. Be creative with your prayers and frame your words according to the different age groups. But learn to be adaptable and flexible to change, and be open to suggestions.

Take time to allow each family member to share their personal prayer request, and as your children have short attention spans, so keep family prayer brief.

Prayer is powerful, and the power of prayer in a family binds, loosens, heals, connects, and helps by bringing us closer to God, and allows us to build our relationships with Him as well as others.

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”  ~Søren Kierkegaard.

Do you believe in the power of prayer? How do you pray in your family? Have you experienced or seen things made a difference when you pray?

 

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Harleena Singh is a positive thinker and a freelance writer. She loves to write inspiring and thought provoking posts on self-improvement, family, relationships, health, and other aspects of life. She's not another personal development guru, but just an average person with great life experiences. She's also a blogger, who loves to share her blogging knowledge and experiences. Network with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+..

30 Comments

  1. Patricia
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    January 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Harleena

    I sure do believe in the power of prayer. And how good that you are building a legacy for your children; for as you all pray together, they will see that this is an integral part of our lives for all those who are followers of Jesus.

    My friends 2 children actively take part in praying at the mealtimes and at bedtime. If someone is sick, they see it as very natural to pray for healing. I lead our younger age group 4-7years at our Kid’s Church meetings and it is wonderful to hear these young ones praying for each other; especially if they have a specifric need.

    They are growing up to naturally turn to the Lord for help and it sure blesses me to hear their prayers. Really enjoyed you sharing this Harleena. Thanks.

    Patricia Perth Australia
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    • Harleena Singh
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      January 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Glad you resonate with the post Patricia!

      Yes indeed, having a prayer room in my house and praying twice daily is something that my kids do see me do, though they have yet to follow doing the same. May be they are still not grown up enough to understand the true meaning of prayers, though we as parents keep instilling teaching them the basics and make efforts from our side.

      They have their own ways of praying- so they say! The prefer praying silently, and speak to God mainly in their own way mainly at bedtime and before going to school. And yes, if someone is ailing or sick, their prayers become a little longer and special for those days and for the person suffering:)

      Nice to know about the young kids you lead at the Church meetings, I guess they must indeed be so wonderful and to start that young is amazing. You must be so proud of them as what you are instilling in them is showing or going to show results very soon.

      Thanks so much for stopping- by and have a great weekend :)

  2. Praveen Rajarao
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    January 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Harleena – This is an awesome post to start my day with.

    I am a very firm believer of God and Karma and I make it a point to pray atleast twice a day. These are really good tips you have given us for making our prayers more interesting and involving everyone in the family.

    When I was back in Durham, NC, me and my wife had gone to a restaurant and there was a family of 4 boys and their dad sitting next to us. They arrived a little after us, so they got their food served later. We observed that, as soon as they got their food on the table, each one held the next one’s hand and formed a little circle and started praying. I should say the smallest boy was maybe around 4 and they were all very well behaved and it was nice to see such a nice bringing up of kids. It really touched me and my wife and we thought we should get our kid into praying, and that is what we have been doing since then.

    Thought I should share this.

    • Harleena Singh
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      January 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Glad you liked the post Praveen!

      God and Karma do go hand in hand and something that I too believe in, and prayers for me also start and end my day- thus they are done twice daily as well. However, I am still trying to instill these values in my kids, I guess things take time- as we too took time and it was only when we grew up that we really realized the importance and valued praying!

      Nice that you shared the observation at the restaurant- that is indeed wonderful and something that I too have heard people talk about- and its an effective way to connect to the Almighty and a great way to instill the value of prayers in children.

      I do marvel at the youngest boy who must have been taught these values so well or may have learnt it from his elder brothers. If you are also following in their footsteps and doing likewise with your children, you sure are on the right track!

      Thanks so much for stopping-by and sharing your experiences with everyone. Have a great weekend :)

  3. Wendy Love

    January 14, 2012 at 12:09 am

    What a wonderful article about prayer.

    I agree wholeheartedly. I have found that prayer always changes something, not necessarily giving me the answer I might have been looking for, but it always changes something, including me. Now I must say however, that the family that prays together doesn’t always stay together. Tragicly my first marriage of 24 years ended in divorce even though we prayed together. There are no guarantees. I have since remarried and I have not given up praying!
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    • Harleena Singh
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      January 14, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Welcome to the blog Wendy!

      Glad you could relate to the post. Sometimes God has his own ways of showing us things or guiding us the path- and those are his hidden ways that we learn about much later in life.

      I just read more about you at your website and though I know you have undergone a great deal in your life and it must have been really tough, but there must have been something wonderful waiting for you outside your first marriage. It may have been His plans to give you a better and brighter future now with your present family.

      Yes, there are no guarantees, and in nothing at all. Yet we all believe in the power of prayer and pray daily. Glad you pray daily and haven’t given it up despite going through so much, that is what keeps you going and gives you strength every day.

      Thanks for stopping- by :)

  4. Adrienne
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    January 14, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I was the same way Harleena. I didn’t understand the power of prayer and although we attended church every Sunday, we were taught the teachings from the Bible but I admit not really understanding it. To me it was just boring and confusing.

    As my Dad went through his struggles with his health, prayer was the best hope we had during those times. We all honestly believe that it was our faith and the prayers that brought him through each major surgery.

    We also say our prayers before a family meal and just thank God for all being together and for the health and well being of everyone in attendance.

    I pray everyday thanking God for what he has given me. Without his glory, I wouldn’t have the life I do. I also pray for my friends who are dealing with major health issues in their lives and the funny thing is they always call me when they are going through something because they always tell me that I have such a special relationship with him. Funny thing is though, I just believe. I’m glad they know that God listens to me and that a lot of my prayers have been answered. I never waver from my belief and it’s a powerful thing.

    Thank you for this beautiful post and I hope everyone keeps God in their lives.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Harleena Singh
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      January 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Glad you could resonate with the post Adrienne!

      Most of us are instilled the values of praying when we are young, and I guess it must be rather confusing and broing as we are not able to follow what the words mean, which all seems like a waste of time for us where we could have done activities more suitable to our age. It is only when we are a little grown up do we realize the importance of prayers and understand its real worth and meaning.

      I totally agree with you there Adrienne as I underwent the same when my mother was ailing. I guess similar to your prayers for your Dad when he was struggling with his health, we prayed day and night for our mom, hoping against hope that she would survive the cancer. Though she never did, but we kept the faith and kept praying for her soul to rest in peace. She always had total undeterred faith in God, that was another reason for us to have the faith.

      Mealtime prayers are so important in a family I feel, and though we don’t really say them aloud, we have our own way of silently praying a short one before mealtimes.

      Nice to know that your friends think of you whenever they are undergoing problems in their lives and ask you to pray for them, which shows the trust and faith they have in you and your prayers. I guess this happens because your belief in the Almighty must be very strong and always present, no matter the circumstances surrounding you.

      Thanks for stopping-by and sharing your experiences with everyone. I too hope that He continues to live among all of us and his glory shines bright on all of us.

      Have a wonderful weekend as well :)

  5. Deeone
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    January 14, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Very nice post here! :) I can definitely understand the importance an individual would see in praying as you’ve demonstrated here. While my beliefs steer a little different on this topic, I still know from growing up in church that those who pray find it to be very much a necessity towards their beliefs in God. And they also believe wholeheartedly that those prayers are answered by God using faith as a catalyst.

    I believe in a Higher Power, and find that meditating and releasing my desires into the Universe does pretty much the same thing that prayer does for other faiths.

    Both actually requires a form of faith.

    Beautiful post, nonetheless. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
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    • Harleena Singh
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      January 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Glad you liked the post Deeone!

      I can well understand your view as each person has their own way of believing in the Almighty, and as you mentioned you believe in a Higher Power, which is another form of God. And meditating and releasing yourself and your desires to the Higher Power is as good as surrendering to the Almighty. Both are indeed different yet same form of faith, and lead to the supreme power.

      I guess we all have our own ways of having faith and believing in the supreme power. While some my visit churches and religious places, others may just not do anything yet have faith in the Almighty. Both ways, at the end, all that matters is that you believe.

      Thanks for stopping-by and sharing your view point with everyone.

      Have a wonderful weekend :)

  6. Ken

    January 15, 2012 at 5:38 am

    I loved the quote from Gandhi. The prayer of the heart can say so much more than we can put into human words sometimes. And the communication is two-way: as our prayers go up, God’s peace comes down and brings us comfort.

    It is wonderful that you are teaching your children to pray, and that you let them see you pray. It is something they will remember all their lives. I’ve heard many a story of people at a crossroads in their life where the image of their mother praying for them helped them make the right decision.
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    • Harleena Singh
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      January 15, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Glad you could resonate with the post Ken!

      You are so right there about the prayers coming from a heart when put to words- they sure do have a lot of meaning. And the saying that prayers go up and blessings come down has so much of meaning in them, as we do seek his blessings all the time and He has his own ways of showering us with blessings- some seen some unseen.

      I do try my best to teach my kids to pray with me and feel often that I should have started it when they were really young, as by this time it would have become a habit with them. Nonetheless, its better late than never- and am happy with the fact that they at least pray, even though its in their own way.

      My mother who passed away due to cancer is often a guiding light for me and answer to most of my prayers. She seems to provide me with answers to so many of my life’s problems- its amazing. I guess our near ones who leave us, don’t really leave us and are all around us as our guardian angels.

      Thanks so much for stopping-by. :)

  7. Hiten
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    January 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    My mum taught my sisters and me to pray together when we were little. I also thought it was just a string of words when I was a kid. Only when I became an adult did I understand what it meant. The power of prayer in families and groups can be an extremely powerful resource to overcome problems, and continue the journey on which I believe Eckhart Tolle said “to realise there are no problems”.

    • Harleena Singh
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      January 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Glad you could resonate with the post Hiten!

      Yes, it is always our parents who instill such values in us, though it all depends upon the children and how they pick up such things. I guess when we are young we really don’t follow the rituals or words we are taught, and just utter them because we are told to do so. It is much later we understand the true meaning of the words, and learn the proper meaning and way to pray.

      The power of prayer in families and otherwise also is indeed a great means to overcome any type of problems- I guess you just need to have the belief and faith, which is said to even have the power to move mountains!

      Thanks so much for stopping-by :)

  8. Vidya Sury
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    January 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Completely agree. Prayer is also a great way to get rid of stress. In our culture, the regular habit of reciting a series of “slokas” every day is a great stress reliever. Of course, we have one for every situation :-) and have such strong faith it works. :-) I do all my chanting when I drive. In any case, sanskrit slokas are so beautifully composed.

    Thanks for the great post. I like how you write and am glad we connected.

    • Harleena Singh
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      January 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Glad you resonate with the post Vidya!

      Yes indeed, prayers have so many other unseen benefits also, as you so right mentioned. They do relieve stress and help us overcome our problems. “Slokas” or “Mantras” in meditation are sure stress busters, and are another way of connecting with the Almighty.

      Great idea to recite them while driving, though I rarely am able to understand their true meaning. But I do know they have some good in them and having heard all elders in our family do the same, so the tradition carries on. However, I try to hunt for the meaning of what I recite that gives me a better understanding of prayers, which I can simplify and explain to my kids.

      Thanks so much for the kind words and for stopping-by. Sure nice to connect with fellow writers and bloggers :)

  9. Chadrack
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    January 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Harleena,

    You wouldn’t believe how much joy was flowing though my heart as I was going through the post and some of the comments. To know that many of my co-bloggers here have such a heart for God and prayers is truly a thing of joy.

    There are times, as I surf the net, that I come across a blog post or article where the writer sometimes bring up an issue that has to do with his/her faith and in the comments there will be those negative comments asking the blogger to keep their beliefs to themselves. It’s therefore really moving to see how many here resonated with this post.

    It will interest you to know that I’m a staunch believer and a preacher of the gospel. Reading through your post was just like sitting in church and being taught the word. And, you did it so very well.

    I love praying with my children and when we do, we always hold our hands as a sign of togetherness and agreement. We wouldn’t leave the house without praying and of course we do it before going to bed. As a recognition that what we have comes from Him, we always offer prayers of thanksgiving before every meal.

    Prayer is actually you saying you’re not sufficient of yourself. it’s you declaring that you depend on God for everything. Prayer helps us bring the supernatural of the most high into our natural abilities.

    Thanks you for sharing this.
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    • Harleena Singh
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      January 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Glad you could resonate with the post Chadrack!

      I am so happy that the post and comments moved you and gave you so much of joy, it seemed as if I was able to reach across to you. Yes indeed, most of the co-bloggers and readers of the blog do pray and it is wonderful to know that, though each one may be having heir own way of going about it.

      I too have come across such posts where the writers opinions are not taken in the positive sense, as may be they are their own personal views and not generally acceptable. I guess I shared my views too though they are something mostly everyone agreed to- so I hope :)

      Nice to know that you are a staunch believer and preacher of the gospel, a person to learn from indeed then! Ah..thanks for those kind words, I was not really preaching was I ?!

      Such a wonderful way to pray with your kids- holding hands sure is a sign of togetherness in every aspect I feel- and praying simply tightens that bond further. I am sure your kids would be picking up so many good things like praying, and would realize the meaning of family and bonding from you.

      Yes, you are so right there- praying is total surrender- to the Almighty- for everything. We sure are not sufficient of ourselves, and prayers is something that uplifts us and connects us to your inner-selves and takes us closer to Him.

      Thanks so much for adding more value to the post and sharing your experiences with everyone :)

  10. Steve Rice
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    January 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I love this advice, but most of all, I love the 8 practical suggestions that you make in your post, Harleena.

    Prayer is a wonderful gift to help us remember our connection to the Creator and Divine Source. I appreciate that you shared spiritual insights, but also gave practical advice on “how” to strengthen the family by faithful prayer practices.
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    • Harleena Singh
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      January 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Glad you liked the post and suggestions Steve!

      Yes indeed, prayer is a wonderful gift to help us remember our connection with the Almighty. I guess when we are one to one with Him, all our worries and problems seem to vanish and we do feel so much better and lighter.

      Thanks for stopping-by. :)

  11. Bryce Christiansen

    January 17, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Thanks for posting this.

    I don’t often get a chance to talk about my religious feelings so it’s great to find another blogger who is just as passionate about her beliefs.

    Prayer has been a part of my life from the beginning. Like you said it can be extremely helpful to keeping a family together.

    As I spent years fighting cancer as a child, I was lucky to have large groups of families and friends praying for me and I would be doing them wrong if I said it didn’t make a difference.

    I could do better at this currently as well, so thanks for the reminder,

    Bryce

    • Harleena Singh
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      January 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Glad you could relate to the post Bryce!

      Yes indeed, talking about our religious beliefs does take a back seat at times, as we get so involved in other things and work. I am happy that prayer have been an integral part of your life, and it surely does keep the family together.

      I do marvel at the prayers that went up for you while you were fighting cancer, and came through it. It is indeed a miracle, and I do believe that it was the prayers of your friends and family that went up, which resulted in your new life- something you must be so grateful for.

      It is never too late to start praying or get back to it if it’s taken a back seat. All that matters at the end of the day is that you pray and believe.

      Thanks for stopping-by. :)

  12. Hajra
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    January 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Hey Harleena,

    I am back :)

    I so love your topic once again! I believe in the power of prayer. I come from a family that believed in holding religious beliefs very close to the heart and I somehow loved the whole concept even after I grew up. I believe that prayer does have important consequences and there is a higher power that listens to you.

    Not all our prayers go answered. But yes, I keep believing that if a prayer isn’t fulfilled then maybe there is definitely something better waiting for us. But what I remember most about prayers that my mom told me was, we should be asking for the right thing. Sometimes we may not know what the right thing is, sometimes, we might be lost, but just hope for the right thing and hold the belief, it will turn out all well!

    Thanks for such a beautiful post! :)

    • Harleena Singh
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      January 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Glad you are back Hajra!

      Nice to know that you join all of us here in believing in the power of prayer, I guess your family played a major part in instilling this wonderful value in you.

      Yes, not all our prayers get answered, but there is always a reason behind that too. I guess He wants us to pray harder and believe more. You mom was so right in saying that you should be asking for the right thing, and that too- more for others than for your own-self.

      I guess we just need to keep the faith and believe in the Supreme power- the rest always falls into place on its own.

      Thanks so much for adding more value to the post and sharing your experiences with everyone. :)

  13. Joanne Cipressi
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    January 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I love that quote by Gandhi. Its beautiful!

    Your suggestions about praying with family are very helpful as I am person that could pray a little more often…okay, maybe a lot more. The only time I pray these days is for other people. Whenever, I know someone that is going through a hardship or traumatic situation, I pray that they find their peace within them that already exists. I also pray for those that are hurting other people, that they discover their love and honor within them.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on prayer. You are such a warm and kind person Harleena! I am glad to have come across you. :)
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    • Harleena Singh
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      January 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Glad you could resonate with the post and liked the quote Joanne!

      Some quotes just touch our hearts and fit so well in the post, and I simply love quotes as they add so much more meaning to the post.

      I guess we all can pray more often and much more than we do! Lack of time, other commitments, work, kids, family, and so many to-do list of things keeps us away from this important part of life.

      Nice to know that you pray for others, especially when they most need the prayers, or when undergoing hardships, traumatic situations, or those hurting others. That is indeed wonderful- as you are not praying for yourself and doing it for others. It is always said that your prayers for others reach Him faster and are quickly answered as well :)

      Thanks so much for those kind words. I guess a warm and loving person always sees goodness in others :)

      Thanks once again for stopping-by and adding more value to the post :)

  14. Marcus Baker
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    January 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    What a beautiful post about prayer!

    I was brought up in a family that prayed together and while I found some of the prayers boring when I was young I now know that prayers cannot just be words you say for the sake of saying them. They must come from the heart.

    For me prayer is about being connected to God. Someone once said, Prayer is talking to God and Meditating is listening to God so I believe the two go hand in hand.

    For me prayer is very conversational and very personal. I do not relate to liturgical type prayer however this is just my preference. I do definitely believe in the power of prayer as I have experienced this at work in my own life and in the lives of others when I have prayed for them.

    Thank you Harleena. I enjoyed reading this a great deal. :)

    ~Marcus

    • Harleena Singh
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      January 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Glad you liked the post Marcus!

      Nice to learn about your family and just the fact that you prayed together is something that keeps you together as well. I guess when we are younger, most of us find the words boring as we don’t have the wisdom to understand them. But you rightly said, the prayers must come from the heart and should not be uttered merely as words, which have no meaning.

      Yes indeed, I too have heard that quote about prayers is talking to God and meditating is listening to Him, and one without the other is so incomplete. Prayer is totally getting lost in Him- and so is so similar to meditation.

      For me too prayers are conversational and very personal, unlike the normal words some people utter. I guess I just speak my heart out to God and am one-to-one with Him, when I talk.

      Thanks so much for adding more value to the post and for stopping-by :)

  15. Linda
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    January 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Prayer is very important and it is very important to bring your children into God’s world at a very young age. I put my son into Sunday School when he was 3 and he , at 16, is now a member and Trustee of our church. While he is a wonderful and loving person, he does tend to drift and not tell me the truth and I worry about him all the time, as I do the rest of my family. I pray several times a day and always at night. I believe this is why the changes are happening for me right now because I have asked for his strength and guidance and hoping others have done so as well….as I really need them a lot right now, but regardless of that, I am really happy that you shared this with everyone and you are letting people know how much you believe in God and how very important he is in all of our lives.

    Linda

    • Harleena Singh
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      January 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      You are so right Linda!

      I strongly believe that certain values need to be instilled in kids at a very young age, and prayers is one of them. And nothing can work better than kids seeing their own parents praying or even acting as role models for their kids.

      Nice to learn about your son and it is indeed because of what you instilled in him when he was that young, is he able to carry it off so well. Worrying is part of human nature and its but natural that parents worry about their children, though I feel the values you have instilled in him long back won’t really let him drift far. :)

      They always says that prayers go up and blessings come down, and your prayers surely are being answered and will bring about good and positive changes in your life in the form of blessings.

      Thanks for stopping-by and sharing your experiences with everyone.:)

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