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A prayer request is a religious practice in which personal requests for others, including
organized prayer groups, to pray on behalf of the requester for any specific reasons.
Requests are often collected in order to act upon them either as an organized prayer
gathering or as individuals.
Prayer is often used as a means of faith healing in an attempt to use religious
or spiritual means to prevent illness, cure disease, or improve health. Some
attempt to heal by prayer, mental practices, spiritual insights, or other techniques
claiming they can summon divine or supernatural intervention on behalf of the ill.
Others advocate that ill people may achieve healing through prayer performed by
themselves. According to the varied beliefs of those who practice it, faith healing
may be said to afford gradual relief from pain or sickness or to bring about a
sudden "miracle cure", and it may be used in place of, or in tandem with,
conventional medical techniques for alleviating or curing diseases. Faith healing
has been criticized on the grounds that those who use it may delay seeking
potentially curative conventional medical care. This is particularly problematic
when parents use faith healing techniques on children.
A prayer group is a group of people that meet to pray together. These groups,
formed mostly within Christian congregations but occasionally among Muslim
groups as well, gather outside of the congregation's regular worship service to
pray for perceived needs, sometimes within the congregation, sometimes within
their religious group at large. However, these groups often pray also for the world around
them, including people who do not share their beliefs.
Many prayer group meetings are held according to a regular schedule, usually
once a week. However, extraordinary events, such as the September 11 attacks or major
disasters spawned a number of improvised prayer group meetings. Prayer groups do not
need to meet in person, and there are a vast array of single-purpose prayer groups in the
|Your online prayer request open the door
And God is waiting patiently
on the other side of that door
At all times, in all situations, to join with you.
NB: Our usual prayers come from
The Common Book of Prayers
Request can be done at The Chapel
or on Facebook and to view the prayers
|God is conceived of as the eternal, omnipotent
and omniscient creator of the universe,
Divine unity or Oneness of God may refer to:
- Unitarianism, the belief that God is one person.
- Monotheism, the belief that one and only one God exists.
- Divine simplicity, the belief that God is without distinguishable parts, characteristics or features (is "one").
- Tawhid, the "oneness of God" in Islam.
Prayer of words, song or complete silence. When language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creedal statement,
or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person. There are different forms of prayer such as petitionary prayer, prayers of supplication,
thanksgiving, and praise. Prayer may be directed towards a deity, spirit, deceased person, or lofty idea, for the purpose of worshipping,
requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing transgressions (sins) or to express one's thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray
for many reasons such as personal benefit, asking for divine grace, spiritual connection, or for the sake of others.
Some anthropologists believe that the earliest intelligent modern humans practiced a form of prayer. Today, most major religions involve prayer
in one way or another; some ritualize the act of prayer, requiring a strict sequence of actions or placing a restriction on who is permitted to pray
while others teach that prayer may be practiced spontaneously by anyone at any time.
Scientific studies regarding the use of prayer have mostly concentrated on its effect on the healing of sick or injured people. Meta-studies of the
studies in this field have been performed showing evidence only for no effect or a potentially small effect. For instance, a 2006 meta analysis on
14 studies concluded that there is "no discernable effect" while a 2007 systemic review of studies on intercessory prayer reported inconclusive
results, noting that 7 of 17 studies had "small, but significant, effect sizes" but the review noted that the most methodologically rigorous studies
failed to produce significant findings. Some studies have indicated increased medical complications in groups receiving prayer over those without.
The efficacy of petition in prayer for physical healing to a deity has been evaluated in numerous other studies, with contradictory results. There
has been some criticism of the way the studies were conducted.
Hesychasm (Greek: hesychasmos, from esychía, "stillness,
rest, quiet, silence") is a mystical tradition of prayer in the
Eastern Orthodox Church. Based on Christ's injunction in
the Gospel of Matthew that "when thou prayest, enter into thy
closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray", hesychasm
in tradition has been the process of retiring inward by ceasing
to register the senses, in order to achieve an experiential
knowledge of God
Gnosticism is primarily defined in a
Christian context. Scholars thought
that gnosticism predated Christianity
and included pre-Christian religious
beliefs and spiritual practices argued
to be common to early Christianity,
Panpsychism is the view that consciousness, mind or soul (psyche) is a universal and primordial feature
of all things. Panpsychists see themselves as minds in a world of minds. It is one of the oldest
philosophical theories, and has been ascribed to philosophers like Thales, Plato, Spinoza, Leibniz and
William James. Panpsychism can also be seen in ancient philosophies such as Stoicism, Vedanta and
Mahayana Buddhism. During the 19th century, panpsychism was the default theory in philosophy of
mind, but it saw a decline during the middle years of the 20th century with the rise of logical positivism
The recent interest in the hard problem of consciousness has once again made panpsychism a
The noosphere is the sphere of human
thought. The word derives from the Greek νοῦς (nous "mind")
and σφαῖρα (sphaira "sphere"), in lexical analogy to
"atmosphere" and "biosphere". It was introduced by Pierre
Teilhard de Chardin
in 1922 in his Cosmogenesis. Another possibility is the first use
of the term by Édouard Le Roy (1870–1954), who together
with Teilhard was listening to lectures of Vladimir Ivanovich
Vernadsky at the Sorbonne. In 1936,
Vernadsky accepted the idea of the noosphere in a letter to
Boris Leonidovich Lichkov (though he states that the concept
derives from Le Roy). Citing the work of Teilhard's biographer,
Rene Cuenot, Sampson and Pitt stated that although the
concept was jointly developed by all three men (Vernadsky,
LeRoy, and Teilhard),
Teilhard believed that he actually invented the word: "I believe,
so far as one can ever tell, that the word 'noosphere' was my
invention: but it was Le Roy who launched it."
The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) is an American non-profit parapsychological research institute. It was co-founded
in 1973 by former astronaut Edgar Mitchell, along with investor Paul N. Temple, and others interested in purported paranormal
phenomena, in order to encourage and conduct research on noetic theory and human potentials.
The institute conducts research on such topics such as spontaneous remission, meditation, consciousness, alternative healing
practices, consciousness-based healthcare, spirituality, human potential, psychic abilities, psychokenesis and survival of
consciousness after bodily death. The institute maintains a free database, available on the Internet, with citations to more than
6,500 articles about whether physical and mental health benefits might be connected to meditation and yoga.
Headquartered outside Petaluma, California, the organization is situated on a 200-acre (81 ha) campus that includes offices, a
research laboratory and a retreat center (originally the campus of World College West). Its current director is Cassandra
Vieten. Other researchers associated with it include Dean Radin and Rupert Sheldrake.
|Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
|Plans go wrong for lack of advice;
many advisers bring success