Prayer is a way of petitioning or communicating with a deity, spiritual being or power, to include deceased ancestors (as in ancestor worship).
Prayers are usually offered in a state of humility. They are highly structured or, alternately, unscripted and spontaneous.
Many pray within the liturgy of a faith assembly or in private. Moreover, devotees pray through spoken word, thought, writing and song. Prayer is also expressed in the arts, broadcast media or merely involves an act of the will.
Bodily posture may or may not be important to prayer. Some pray, for instance, kneeling while others dance (e.g. the whirling dervishes of Sufism). And others pray while lying down.
Christians believe that the Our Father prayer is unique because it is the prayer that Jesus, God’s only Son, gave to the world (Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:2–4).
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