For many, prayer is the same…..for others, very different. I don’t believe God cares so much about how you pray, but that you pray. Prayer can come in many forms, not just the words or phrases that some see as prayer, but what’s in your heart, how you treat people, and how you live your life. For me, it’s all about compassion, acceptance, and not judging others because they are different. What matters is what is in your heart and how you share that. If prayer remains just words, your work is not done. You need to incorporate those words into your daily life.

There is so much division and hatred in the world today. If people just had more compassion, understanding, and acceptance of one another it would solve so many of the world’s problems. If we all just lived by the Golden Rule. Yes, The Golden Rule….whatever your religious beliefs are, we all believe in it, don’t we? It means the same to all of us, doesn’t it? So why do we think of ourselves as so different?

Compassion: pity, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, charity. Jesus demonstrated all of these… should we. Prayer and a strong relationship with God provide us with what we need to carry forth His love and compassion toward others. Prayer and action go hand in hand, they should never be separated.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).