We have all prayed at some point. Either asking for help, guidance, money, health…you name it. People through history and especially in the modern times have observed prayers and the act of praying and how it affects people mentally and physically. Praying is usually a more of a religious practice and the prayers can be directed to whoever; a deity, a spirit, a deceased familiar and it can also be an idea, or a prayer that is directed towards a living person (believing your energy and intent will reach them) and so on.
Most of today’s major religions use the act of praying and classify it as a religious practice.
I would like to talk about this topic but specifically about the act of praying in the wiccan and pagan community.
Wiccans oftenly take a different approach. Most of Wiccans don’t believe a sole prayer is enough, but believe to experience the deities and the spirits, you have to experience nature and perform rituals where all believers get engaged. Yes, that might seem applicable to abrahamic beliefs, but prayers in abrahamic beliefs are more often personal and solitary, where in Wicca they are more open to other group members and feel safe and secure to share their prayers with one another and work with them through a number of rituals. Wiccans also use meditation and incantation as the form of praying since those also engage the connection, the request between your soul (you) and the divine beings, spirits (Them) etc…
In Wicca, prayers are most likely to be used during the esbat and sabbat celebrations, where the collective energy of the group is raised and has more potential for each individual to reach their goal, that is, to connect to Them.
People pray because they are in need of recieving love and the emotion that will often ease the brain and soul of being too exhausted or depressed in a way. We find it much more comforting to talk to Them, religous or non-religious, we all sometimes pray for something, in hope of someone beyond our reality tuning into it and perhaps has the ability to grant us our wishes and desires, hopes and ideas and pass it on as a good deed to the people in this reality that are in need.
So the next time you pray, be sure to think about the reality you live in and other possible ones, and if you ever find yourself (like I do) that your prayers DO get answered in one way or the other, be sure to give thanks and blessings to whoever you’ve prayed to, for your connection to only grow brighter and bigger. And even if you’re not sure how to address the energy that you work with, it doesn’t matter, as long as you feel connected and feel safe and loved while praying. Be assured that the other side feels the same way you do when connecting to Them.