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Questions About Prayer

What is prayer?

There are many definitions of prayer among the world's spiritual traditions. According to The Urantia Book, prayer is the best way to contact God and is the breath of the soul. It is the way to recharge your spiritual batteries, helps give you strength and wisdom, and brings you greater understanding of those with whom you have difficulties.

What does prayer do for me?

Prayer adds to your spiritual growth, helps modify your attitudes, and yields a wonderful satisfaction that comes from communing with deity. Prayer promotes personal happiness, individual self-control, social harmony, moral progress, and spiritual attainment.

How does God answer my prayers?

God answers all of your prayers. The answer may not come as soon as you would like it to because the loving universe we live in may feel that the time is not right for the answer you think you reallyneed. Even if your prayer is not answered the regular practice of praying will give you an enhanced sense of truth, increase your appreciation of beauty, and boost your concept of goodness. It is the most potent way for you to grow spiritually.

How Should I Pray For Others?

First the person you are praying for should know that you are praying for them. Second it is helpful if you are in intimate contact with the person for whom you are praying for. Prayer can also help you overcome the habit of criticizing a friend. If you begin to pray for that person every day, you will notice that your negative feelings toward that person will change.
Are There Guidelines for Prayer?

Yes, there are. The Urantia Book lists seven conditions of effective prayer. read more >>

For more on Prayer read Paper 91:
The Evolution of Prayer, Page 994
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