Why Do We Pray?

I’ve always wondered what praying actually is. Is it something that anyone can do, at any age, or at any time? Is there a right way or a wrong way to pray? I’ve never really questioned it before because it is something that our family has always done. During this trip, I saw lots of praying and I think I have finally figured it out. Praying is just a way to talk to God and communicate with him. But in order for Him to communicate back with me, I need to listen to Him just like I would with my parents. It’s not always about asking for things, but about thanking Him for the things that I have been given. I feel Him when someone has been really kind to me or the feeling when I have tried my best at something and have succeeded. When I am upset, He comforts me in prayer. During this trip, I have also seen that God has the ability to heal and that by praying He can help. I can see Him talking to me when I look at nature and see its beauty. Through prayer, I can learn the difference between right and wrong and ask for His forgiveness. Because of His unconditional love, I know that He will take care of me at anytime or at any place I may be in the world. He is always with me- a best friend that lives within me.

Anik Scherf 3/24/19

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