What are the first thoughts that enter your mind when someone mentions to you the word prayer? If you were anything like me, your mind would be cast back to when you were a young child. I remember being at school and every morning at assembly we would say a prayer. I had no idea why we said a prayer or what it’s fundamental purpose was, it was just the done thing. Prayer was never explained, and if it was it was always just a simplicitic answer, such as “we are giving thanks to God”.
Looking back with slighty more wisdom than I had in those tender years, it is not difficult to understand why my teachers could not explain what prayers were, how they worked or how or even why we should say them. The truth is that most, if not all of my teachers had no idea what they were talking about, they were just reciting what they had been told, so their understanding was superficial at best and at worst it was completely non-existent. Continue reading