Prayer is communication between human and divine spheres. We pray to Almighty God for health, happiness and prosperity and appeal to God to bless and protect us in times of sickness and crises in life. While praying we may sit, stand, kneel, prostrate, chant, sing and dance or remain silent, read scriptures, or worship our idols by offering water, food, flowers and fruits and so on. Prayer can be done at individual or community level. It motivates the inner life of individuals and the collective life of human cultures. The very effort involved in prayer tends to calm and soothe our mind and heart. The impulse to ask for divine assistance is an integral part of being human.
Every significant action begins with prayer. All scriptures, art, architecture, drama, dance and music have originally started as prayer. Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists all have ritual prayer characteristic of their religion. Devotional prayer to God or spiritual idol is regular and routine repetition at set intervals during the day or week. Prayer usually comprises words of praise of God or Almighty describing His absolute power, generosity and compassion, together with an appeal: ‘Help me Oh God! Forgive me Oh Lord!’ Prayer is an attempt to be connected to God or Supreme Consciousness at achieving His divine blessings and grace.
Prayers are invisible, but make impossible things possible.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda