Prayer has been defined as communion with God, a way to talk to God, a practice of listening to our inner wisdom, and a way of being in the moment open to life. It is a way of learning to be ourselves, and for some to be aware of the presence of Spirit. Prayer is also a way of relating to God, to ourselves, to those around us. In opening our hearts and minds we are challenged to grow, change, and to love. Just as we make time to spend with those we love, so in making time to pray we are seeking to grow in our relationship with the Divine and those around us. We might speak, we might be quiet, or we might be active in doing other things.
Our affirmation is:
I pray knowing that all is well.
Prayer can take many forms: singing, dancing, walking meditations, ritual and traditional words, in public, or quietly when alone, as well as sitting in long periods of silence. There is no one correct way of praying, although every faith tradition does have particular practices. We all find our own way of praying. In this episode, children will discover Muslim prayer, walking meditations, a Wiccan prayer, a Jewish Shabbat Service, as well as affirmative prayer. Using a 5 Finger Prayer Method, with a handout, children will learn to focus their prayers and to easily choose their own words. Also included is a brief introduction to painting rocks (kindnessrocksproject.org) as a method prayer including a how-to guide. Finally, there is a handout with 5 unique ways to incorporate prayer into our everyday lives.