Is prayer your steering wheel? Or, is it your spare tyre? How much does your child know about prayer? Perhaps it’s time to focus on this important habit and its benefits for your little one.
By Hannah S Mathew
Prayer is our line of communication with God. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the best-seller ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, describes it best when she says, “There’s a crack (or cracks) in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.” Though prayer is a spiritual act, science has some interesting facts to present about prayer.
Neuroscientists have found that certain areas of the brain are more active than others when a person is praying. These areas are not active during any other activity. Also, studies in gerontology have proved that people who pray regularly tend to live longer. In addition to the way in which prayer impacts the brain and the body, it has psychological benefits too.
Socially also, an individual is able to adjust better through praying for friends and family members. Praying for others increases the feelings of compassion and love. Praying before others can help overcome shyness. These characteristics are most desirable in any civilised society.
While prayer is often misunderstood to be a desire for heaven’s blessings or imploring for what is lacking, the famous philosopher Kierkegaard expertly sums things up. According to him, “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
Now that you know the important role that prayer plays in our lives, here are a few tips to help you teach your child the importance of saying a prayer.
While you teach your child how to pray, also make it clear to her that seeking God’s blessings does not absolve her of her responsibilities or engaging in action.
The Dalai Lama rightfully said that it is “unrealistic to think that the future of humanity can be achieved only on the basis of prayer; what we need is to take action.” Another quote that is in line with Dalai Lama’s thought is that of Bruce Lee. He says, “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
Hannah S. Mathew is an Assistant Professor of English, a Freelance Writer, Soft Skills Trainer, Learning Content Developer, Mentor, Diagnostic Counsellor and devoted mom to a teenager.
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