Mar 20, 2010
Praying is a very interesting phenomenon because of its truly universal nature. Everybody does pray but not everybody acknowledges it; for a strongly religious person it may be a formal prayer while for an atheist individual it may be just a practical yet wishful thinking. These thoughts, however, are not about the legitimacy or authenticity of praying, rather, they are about different methods of praying that people make use of.
The simplest and most common way is to openly ask your creator what you want. Like, as a kid I used to say “God please give me a bicycle!”. That is how majority of the people pray that God give me this or give me that. However, like many other people, I was told that it is not the correct way of praying. How do you know if a bicycle is really what you want. I was told that only God knows what’s best for you so instead of asking for a particular thing, just pray “God do whatever is best for me”. I know that the argument sounds pretty absurd on various accounts but well, that is how some people like to pray.
Another manner which recently came into my notice is quite innovative. It involves asking “God, make whatever-I-want, good for me”. It kinds of cover everything as it also gets you what you want and also makes that in your best interest so you are not leaving anything on fate to decide.