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Do Christians Have To Pray

Do Christians have to pray?

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 ---Alan on 3/13/10
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Do you ever talk with other people? That's what prayer is - taking with God. I have friends who wait at least 2 minutes after they finish praying before saying "Amen" to give God a opportunity to talk with them. Don't confuse personal prayer with public prayer. I sometimes wonder how serious a person is who write his prayer down before praying before a group - but that's a personal opinion from me. To answer your question, "Do Christians have to pray?" my answer would be "no", but I can't image a person going though life not talking to someone, so why would a Christian not talk with God? It doesn't compute!
---wivv on 5/2/10

aka_joseph, it is quite refreshing to hear a Christian remind us about integrity- very much needed!
Ephesians 4:1_16
---Nana on 4/29/10

Of course: prayer is communication with God.
---Eloy on 4/29/10

aka joseph--Yes our whole life is a prayer.
but if there is no integrity between our real life and our prayers, what does this mean to God?
I think it means to God that we fall far short of His goals for us. But this isn't news to Him. Everyone of His children has this same problem (unless they unable to see the "speck" in their own eye).We don't have to meet some standard of holiness in order to come to Him. (Otherwise no one could be saved) HE is always eager to hear what we have to say and He never misunderstands us.

Many, many people are uncomfortable praying with or in front of others even if they don't show it. Practice a couple 1 or 2 sentence prayers if needed, but don't worry about what others think.
---Donna66 on 4/28/10


I know exactly what you are saying. There are millions of us out there. We all are silenced because of others expectations. We are actually an unseen majority.

I have nothing to offer Him, but He lets me stick around.

I honestly do not like to talk to others, and He knows my struggle. I constantly have to ask Him for the desire to pray. Let's break rank here and not "pray" for each other. :~)

Plus, I think our life is a prayer. He is really always with us. We can "spend time" with God all we want in prayer, but if there is no integrity between our real life and our prayers, what does this mean to God?
---aka_joseph on 4/28/10

I find that if prayer is something I 'must' do, I don't want to do it. We talk about praying as part of our relationship with the Father, but the moment I decide to put restrictions and rules on our relationship (ie, I SHOULD/MUST pray) I find myself dry.

I'm asking for clarity about how can I expect so much of myself in this relationship with the Father yet, for example, I won't put obligations on my relationship with my wife?

Not for one instant saying prayer is not good. Just tired of going back and forth with this. If it's a relationship it should be natural, right? Spend time with a loved one, natural or forced? Tired of feeling the weight of 'I should' because then it leads to guilt.

Thanks for the clarity.
---seth on 4/27/10

As has already been stated, the question isn't "Does a Christian have to pray," it should be "If you don't pray, are you a Christian?" Prayer is not about obeying a commandment, but, wanting to talk to someone you "say" you love. If you are married, don't you talk to your husband/wife? If you are a parent, don't you talk to your chidren? Why would we NOT want to talk to/with God? He has done SO much for us and continues to do so everyday. God forgive us for not talking with you as much as our love would require.
---tommy3007 on 4/20/10

Not praying, even for a short time, is dangerous.

At the very least use the Lord's prayer [symbolizing all our requirements, praise, requests, forgiveness]
---peter3594 on 4/20/10

In understanding God's will for your life, you must stay in prayer.
---catherine on 4/19/10

Another thing about praying: It is one form of glorifying God....It is showing that you love Him, that you need His help, You respect very highly His opinions, He has all the answers which you are seeking. Need I say more? Well, there are lot more reasons! To pray, that is!
---catherine on 4/14/10

Does a bird need air?
---aka_joseph on 4/14/10

Yes. What kind of relationship with God could we have if we do not pray? None.
---Betty on 4/13/10

No. however it does help if they do.
---candice on 4/13/10

Now you are talking about a dumb question. If Christians don't start praying there will not be very many people in HEAVEN.
---catherine on 4/12/10

An analogous question is, "Do husband and wife have to talk to each other?"
---Cluny on 4/12/10

Avoiding prayer is avoiding God. What's the point?
---larry on 3/20/10

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Pray can and does move the hand of God but who here is worthy? do we all pray/fast as we should? women do you cover whilst praying? men do you honour by praying in secret, in a closet, alone, to God? do we do what God asks a categorically NO, because were too jumped up about head coverings, men having looooooong hair..... well the scripture says when we learn to turn from our ways and pray then and only then will God will heal our lands (paraphrased). Try it, don't just criticise, not only can't but wont, then you know why Gods rewards are rarely seen!!!!!
---Carla on 3/18/10

" Pray without ceasing." 1 Thes.5:17
Prayer is the breath of the soul, the channel of blessings. Prayer to the Great Physician for the healing of the soul brings blessings from God. Prayer unites us to one another and to God. Prayer brings Jesus to our side and gives new strength and fresh grace to the fainting and perplexed soul...
---Pierr5358 on 3/18/10

\\no u don't have to pray!!!! it's nice if u want 2 . but the father isn't going 2 punish u if u don't!!!!!!
---dan_turner on 3/16/10\\

dan, if you're going to write about serious adult subjects such as prayer, please write like a serious adult, ok?

\\Prayer moves the hand and the heart of God.\\

Donna's words here relate to dan's. The purpose of prayer, like any other conversation, is to get to know the one with whom we are speaking.

It's to get OUR hearts and spirits in tune with God's--not to move Him, but so we can move WITH Him.
---Cluny on 3/17/10

Dan Needs a complete Turner-ound in he thinks praying is not necessary !
---Carla on 3/16/10

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no u don't have to pray!!!! it's nice if u want 2 . but the father isn't going 2 punish u if u don't!!!!!!
---dan_turner on 3/16/10

Have you ever seen the results of prayer?

Prayer moves the hand and the heart of God.

No prayer, nothing moves. I used a pinwheel to demonstrate what I just said.

Begin to pray, and that pinwheel (from our breath) begins to move. Stop praying and that pinwheel stops.

When you see the things God can and will do through prayer, you'll LOVE to pray!
---Donna on 3/15/10


You have provided a very wonderful Scripture. What does it mean to pray unceasing? At first, this seem impossible. Many Christians throughout the centuries have wondered this. It is the main topic on the classic Orthodox spirituality book, The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way. Many Holy Monks and Saints of various monasteries have encouraged the Jesus Prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy on me, a sinner"). Pray such prayer constantly throughout the day, and that my friend, is unceasing prayer!

"The body at work, but the thought with God, such should be the state of a true Christian" (St. Theophan The Recluse, The Art of Prayer, pg 236).

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 3/15/10

Most definitely. Christians must pray without ceasing.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18(KJV)

---Shary on 3/14/10

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"Do Christians have to pray?" No.
However those of us who desire a personal relationship with the Father, desires communication with Him.
As children of God we are instructed to "Pray without ceasing", are we forced? No.
Prayer is a privilege, not a compulsion.
---josef on 3/14/10

Prayer is essential for a fulfilling life through Christ. Going without it assists in losing focus on what is right. We need to pray to keep in constant contact with our Lord to help us to be better, and live the way He desires us to live. He draws closer to those who pray often and the Bible says to "pray without ceasing."
---V._Raymond on 3/14/10

A true Christian is someone who lives on prayer only. Nothing else!
---John on 3/13/10

Prayer, I would say, is deeply being sensitive to God and submissive to Him in sweet and sensitive sharing in His love. And this is so beautifully wonderful, that for us this is not what we *have* to do, but we "can't have enough". So, maybe what you mean by prayer that ones would "have" to do would not be for us.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/13/10

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Yes, but not out loud and in public as the hypocrites do, so people can here what you are saying, prayer should be in a room on your own, closed door and in secret, where God will answer you openly. women should be covered, with long hair and men should not have long hair or pray with a covering.....

Pray does not go without a time also to fast, which should be a regular pratice, since Christ had ascended and no longer amongst us, in the flesh, it is required for believers to continue to do so until his (Christ's) return.
---Carla on 3/13/10

quotes from christ,you have not because you ask not,seek and ye shall find,knock,and the door shall be opened unto you,and the lords prayer,are examples,no you dont have to pray,but if you want a personal relationship with God you better.
---tom2 on 3/13/10

Every Christian should want to talk to God. It's beneficial, in more ways than imaginable, to pray.
---Leon on 3/13/10

When I read this, I started laughing.
Because the first thing I thought of was, the man:

Who said, what good thing shall I do!
Jesus said, if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
The man: All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

God forgive me!
I see Jesus say:
Ah yes! If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Why pray?
Luk 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
Luk 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
---TheSeg on 3/13/10

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That's like asking if you need to look both ways before walking across a street.......

How can you be a Christian and not pray? Very strange indeed.......

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 3/13/10

As more than one Christian of the East (and doubtless, the West) has said, "Prayer is not part of our lives. Prayer IS our life."
---Cluny on 3/13/10

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