Prayer is a conversation with God.
-- St. Teresa of Avila
A child kneels at her bedside asking God to bless her family. A soldier prays to come safely home from war. A cancer survivor offers a prayer of thanksgiving.
In churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, holy sites and homes throughout the world, prayers spring from the souls of people of every creed and culture. We pray for guidance, to offer praise or ask for strength. The common thread: the desire for a relationship with God in prayer.
The earliest recorded prayers are 4,500 years old. James P. Moore, author of One Nation Under God: The History of Prayer in America, writes: “Long before Moses parted the Red Sea, before Buddha described the path toward nirvana, before Christ died on the cross, and before Mohammed revealed the message of the Koran, there was prayer.”
My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.Isaiah 56:7
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