invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with a deity
Mary Magdalene by Ary Scheffer (1795–1858).
Praying Hands by Albrecht Dürer showing the hand position of a medieval commendation ceremony.

Prayer is a communication to God. Many believe their prayers are answered and evidence of it is primarily reported in the Old and New Testament. Later miracles and graces have been reported by the Church and by common people. Prayer is done by those who trust the power of word and thought. Jesus taught people to say the Lord's Prayer.

Prayer can be spoken, silent (no talking), or in a song. It can be used to praise God or to ask for something including help and forgiveness. Prayers can be said over and over again as in a Rosary or just once. The Rosary includes Lord's Prayer and several others. [1]

Islamic prayer, or salat is a duty to be performed five times per day. Hinduism has prayer to various divinities or holy beings. Some people say that prayers for sick people bring them health.


  1. "Rosarium Virginis Mariae on the Most Holy Rosary (October 16, 2002) - John Paul II".