Prayer in Christianity

activity in Christianity

Prayer in Christianity is seen by most Christians as a way of communicating with God.[1] Prayer is seen as being therapeutic by many Christian leaders.[1] The Lord's Prayer, which Jesus taught his disciples, was important as an example in the early churches.[2] The prayers in the Old Testament and New Testament have also influenced Christian thought.[3] The Lord's Prayer is included toghether with other formal prayers, such as the Gloria Patri and the Hail Mary, in the Holy Rosary while thinking about important events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. The Church has always recognized the efficacy of the Holy Rosary devotion.[4] The Saint Lucia of Fatima said that Virgin Mary "in these last times in which we live has given new efficacy in the recitation of the Holy Rosary" and that " She has given this efficacy to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families … that cannot be solved by the Rosary". [5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Mark R. McMinn, Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2011), p. 68
  2. Roy Hammerling, The Lord's Prayer in the Early Church: The Pearl of Great Price (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), p. 1
  3. Into God's Presence: Prayer in the New Testament, ed. Richard N. Longenecker (Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 2002), p. xi
  4. Pope John Paul II, Rosarium virginis Mariae, 16 October 2002, Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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