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Prayer is an invitation to meet with God. A recent Angus Reid study indicates some interesting facts on the prayer life of Canadians: 1-in-5 people pray every day and 50 per cent say prayer is a personal conversation with God. People state their purpose for prayer is: to thank God, to ask for help, to help others, to seek God’s guidance and to find peace.
Robert Street says “Cultivating our inner life is essential for faith development. Prayer is one of the disciplines of the inner life. Praying, we engage in a unique dialogue that encompasses adoration and confession, petition and intercession.” (Street, Robert. Called to Be God's People: The International Spiritual Life Commission: Its Report, Implications and Challenges. London: Salvation, 2008. P. 49)
Jen Pollick Michel states, “Prayer is not about getting what we want from God. It is a bold invitation to meet with God in our authentic human experience, which is today doubt and desire, praise and perplexity, fear and failure. Prayer cannot pretend. It calls us out of our proverbial hiding and into the light.” (Michel, Jen Pollock. Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition & the Life of Faith. Downers Grove, IL: IVP , an Imprint of InterVarsity, 2014. P. 120) We are called to live as children of the light, children of the day and not the night (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
Research among Salvationists and other Christians has revealed that most people find prayer fulfilling when a helpful pattern is established. “A logical order of adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication – is a valued procedure followed by many” (Street, Robert. Called to Be God's People: The International Spiritual Life Commission: Its Report, Implications and Challenges. London: Salvation, 2008. P. 52)