Christian dating and prayer
Various spiritual traditions offer a wide variety of devotional acts.
There are morning and evening prayers, graces said over meals, and reverent physical gestures.
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.
In this view, a person directly enters into God's rest, and asks for their needs to be fulfilled.
God listens to the prayer, and may so or not choose to answer in the way one asks of him. Bounds stated the educational purpose of prayer in every chapter of his book, The Necessity of Prayer.
This is the primary approach to prayer found in the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, most of the Church writings, and in rabbinic literature such as the Talmud. Rather, it is meant to inculcate certain attitudes in the one who prays, but not to influence. Prayer books such as the Book of Common Prayer are both a result of this approach and an exhortation to keep it.
It is also widespread in Sufi Islam, and in some forms of mysticism.This approach was taken by the Jewish scholar and philosopher Maimonides it became popular in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic intellectual circles, but never became the most popular understanding of prayer among the laity in any of these faiths.In all three of these faiths today, a significant minority of people still hold to this approach.Some Christians bow their heads and fold their hands.