The Power of Prayer

The power of prayer should not be underestimated. God most definitely listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”

~~ 1 John 5:14-15

I stumbled upon the following video by a young man from the UK (nickgulliver). It is a short presentation about prayer using bible verses and references, set to the music ‘Surrender’ by Marc James.

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Portraits of Prayer

Prayer is a universal human experience. There does not appear to be a culture in the world that does not have some means of prayer, some way of communicating with the Divine.

“Somewhere in every man there is the capacity for worship and prayer, for the apprehension of God and the love of him. Praying is a practice like breathing or eating.”
~~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

From Pentecostal ministers roaring hallelujahs to the chants of Greek Orthodox choirs, from a widow silently mourning to a child’s closed-eyes request for a wanted toy, from professional athletes pointing to the sky to the Mormon family on fast Sunday: folks are praying all over the world and in many different ways.

We pray standing; sitting; kneeling; prostrate on the floor; eyes opened; eyes closed; hands folded or clasped; hands upraised; holding hands with others; a laying on of hands and others. Prayers can be recited from memory, read from a book of prayers, or ad libbed as they are prayed. They may be spoken, chanted, or sung, sometimes with musical accompaniment.

The following “art” is Chi Rho’s Portraits of Prayer. A collection of images of prayer. Today the collection contains over 125 images. I am always on the look for interesting images of prayer to add to the collection.