Prayer is a form of direct communication with the Divine. There are many different prayer practices across many faith backgrounds, whether performed as a group or individually, whether out loud or alone, whether with song or music or in silence. Prayer is often viewed as a conversation with God or a divine presence, a way of deepening a spiritual relationship. St. Teresa of Avila, the sixteenth-century mystic, called prayer an “intimate friendship.” Others have called prayer a call or cry, an asking, or simply a communion. How we interpret the purpose or process of prayer depends a great deal on how we perceive the presence we are trying to connect with, and there are many philosophies from many different traditions on how to deepen, intensify, or improve our practice of prayer.

‘Bad Faith,’ by Paul A. Offit

In fact, the reason for the continued and enormous popularity of faith healing is that, to some extent at least, it works.

Does Prayer Have the Power to Heal?

Whether prayers for health or healing actually work is a matter of debate. Study results have been mixed.

Prayer Against Fever, Connected with the Name of Khwaja Ahmad Yasawi

Muslim Turks from Central Asia consider Ahmad Yasawi the second in the spiritual hierarchy after Prophet Muhammad.