kinds of prayer

Kinds of Prayer

Kinds of Prayer In His Name There is nothing that does not glorify Him with praise. In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate Say (O Muhammad): My Lord would not concern Himself with you but for your prayer’ (Al-Furqan, 25.77). Reflect on the following five points concerning the...

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Catholic Devotions

Catholic Devotions The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops defines Catholic devotions as “…expressions of love and fidelity that arise from the intersection of one’s own faith, culture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”[1] Catholic devotions are not part of liturgical worship, even if they are performed in a Catholic church, in a group, or...

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Bhajan

Bhajan A bhajan has no prescribed form, or set rules, is in free form, normally lyrical and based on melodic ragas.[2] It belongs to a genre of music and arts that developed with the Bhakti movement.[1] It is found in the various traditions of Hinduism but particularly in Vaishnavism,[1] in Jainism.  A bhajan literally means “sharing”.[1] It also...

What Is Reason For Worship And Servitude Of God?

What Is Reason For Worship And Servitude Of God?

What Is Reason For Worship And Servitude Of God? Worship and servitude of God look to the Divine command and Divine pleasure. The reason for worship is the Divine command and its result is Divine pleasure. Its fruits and benefits look to the Hereafter. But so long as they are...

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Totem Pole

Totem Pole Totem poles (Gyáa’aang in the Haida language)[1] are monumental carvings, a type of Northwest Coast art, consisting of poles, posts or pillars, carved with symbols or figures. They are usually made from large trees, mostly western red cedar, by First Nations and indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest coast including northern Northwest Coast Haida, Tlingit, and Tsimshian communities in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia, Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth communities...

Puja in Hinduism

Puja in Hinduism

Puja in Hinduism Puja rituals are also held by Buddhists and Jains. In Hinduism, puja is done on a variety of occasions, frequency and settings. It may include daily puja done in the home, to occasional temple ceremonies and annual festivals. In other cases, puja is held to mark a few lifetime events...

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Who Are You Gonna Call When Everything Is United Against You?

Who Are You Gonna Call When Everything Is United Against You? The supplication of Prophet Jonah is a most powerful supplication, a most effective means for obtaining answer to prayer. The summary of the celebrated story of Jonah is as follows: He was cast into the sea and swallowed by...

Sacrifice

Sacrifice Sacrifice is the offering of food, objects or the lives of animals or humans to a higher purpose, in particular divine beings, as an act of propitiation or worship. While sacrifice often implies the ritual killing of an animal, the term offering (Latin oblatio) can be used for bloodless sacrifices of food or artifacts. For offerings of liquids (beverages)...

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Why All Of Our Prayers Have Not Been Answered

Why All Of Our Prayers Have Not Been Answered Belief necessitates supplication as a certain means of securing needs, and just as human nature has an intense desire for it, so too the Almighty God decrees, Say, “My Sustainer would not concern Himself with you but for your supplication,” which...

Pole worship

Ceremonial Pole

Ceremonial Pole A ceremonial pole symbolizes a variety of concepts in several different cultures. For example, in the Miao culture in Yunnan China.[1] In The Evolution of the Idea of God, Grant Allen notes that Samoyeds of Siberia, and Damara of South Africa plant stakes at the graves of ancestors.[2] According to Zelia Nuttall in The Fundamental Principles Of Old and New World...

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Idolatry

Idolatry Idolatry literally means the worship of an “idol”, also known as a worship cult image, in the form of a physical image, such as a statue.[1][2][3] In Abrahamic religions, namely Christianity, Islam and Judaism, idolatry connotes the worship of something or someone other than God as if it were God. In these and several other monotheistic religions, idolatry has...

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Muscle Worship

Muscle Worship Muscle worship (also called sthenolagnia) is a form of body worship in which one participant, the worshiper, touches the muscles of another participant, the dominant, in a sexually arousing manner. The practice of muscle worship can involve various wrestling holds and lifts, as well as the rubbing, massaging, kissing, or licking of a dominant’s body. Although muscle worship participants may be...

Imperial Cult

Imperial Cult An imperial cult is a form of state religion in which an emperor or a dynasty of emperors (or rulers of another title) are worshipped as demigods or deities. “Cult” here is used to mean “worship”, not in the modern pejorative sense. The cult may be one of personality in the case of a newly arisen Euhemerus figure, or one of national identity (e.g., Ancient...

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Intercession

Intercession Intercession or intercessory prayer is the act of praying to a deity on behalf of others. In Western Christianity, intercession forms a distinct form of prayer, alongside Adoration, Confession and Thanksgiving. The Apostle Paul’s exhortation to Timothy specified that intercession prayers can be made for those in authority. I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made...

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Animal Worship

Animal Worship Animal worship (or zoolatry) refers to rituals involving animals, such as the glorification of animal deities or animal sacrifice. When a god is respected or worshipped by means of a representative animal, an animal cult is formed.[1] Animal cults may be classified according to their outward form or according to their inward meaning, which...

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Ancestor Worship

Veneration of the Dead or Ancestor Worship In Europe, Asia, and Oceania, and in some African and Afro-diasporic cultures, the goal of ancestor veneration is to ensure the ancestors’ continued well-being and positive disposition towards the living, and sometimes to ask for special favours or assistance. The social or non-religious function of ancestor veneration is to cultivate kinship values, such...

Why Do We Need To Worship God?

Why Do We Need To Worship God? If you want to understand what great profit and happiness lie in worship, and what great loss and ruin lie in vice and dissipation listen to and take heed of the following story which is in the form of a comparison: One time,...

Farewell Discourse

Farewell Discourse

Farewell Discourse In the New Testament, Chapters 14-17 of the Gospel of John are known as the Farewell Discourse given by Jesus to eleven of his disciples immediately after the conclusion of the Last Supper in Jerusalem, the night before his crucifixion.[1] The discourse is generally seen as having distinct components.[2] First, Jesus tells the disciples that he will be going away to the Father, that...

Christian Prayer

Christian Prayer Prayer is an important activity in Christianity, and there are several different forms of Christian prayer.[1] Christian prayers are diverse: they can be completely spontaneous, or read entirely from a text, like the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. The most common prayer among Christians is the “Lord’s Prayer”, which according to the gospel accounts (e.g. Matthew...

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Prayers of Jesus

Prayers of Jesus A number of times the canonical gospels describe Jesus praying to God. Recorded prayers Six times the gospels record words that Jesus spoke in prayer: “You have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children” (Matt 11:25-26, Luke 10:21) Before the raising of Lazarus (John 11:41-42) “Father,...

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