Worship is an essential part of a Christian’s faith. Christians worship God to thank Him for His love, ask for forgiveness for their sins and try to understand His will for them.
As part of this worship, Christians pray both privately (ie on their own) and publicly (ie in a group with one person leading the whole church in prayer).
Others use the Jesus Prayer - “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” They may chant this prayer over and over to clear their minds and achieve inner peace.
Prayer is an important way to experience God as the religious believer can communicate with Him. By bringing their problems to God, or asking for forgiveness and help, they come closer to Him.
Christians believe they can speak with God in prayer and were taught to pray by Jesus himself.
This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name …’Matthew 6:9
Christians describe prayer as a conversation with God. Prayer can be silent or said out loud. It can use set words, or a person’s own words. In prayer, Christians lift their minds and hearts to God.
There are many different kinds of prayer, including:
Most Christians believe prayer deepens a person’s faith. Praying can help the believer come to a greater understanding of God’s purpose for their lives. Christians interpret the response they might get to their prayers in the following ways: