Just like other religions in the world, Christianity also has its own practice of praying. And just like other religions in the world, prayer forms an important set of activity in Christianity. Christian prayers are diverse; a practitioner can read the prayers from a text or pray spontaneously at a moment’s notice. The Anglican Book of Common Prayer is an example of text containing prayers Christians can read from. The Lord’s Prayer is perhaps the most common type of prayer among Christians Matthew 6:9-13 explains that the prayer is one that Jesus used to teach his followers to pray. Within Christianity, the Lord’s Prayer is a model for petition, confession, and adoration at the same time. Christian prayers commonly consist of three stages. It begins with vocal prayer. The procession then moves forward to some sort of meditation. Everything is then capped off with a series of contemplation, which is also called intercession.
Based on its setting, Christian prayers can be divided into two major groups: corporate/public and private. Corporate prayer is done by sharing the prayer with everyone in worship setting or other public areas. Prayers in this setting can be read from a formal written text or informal impromptu prayers. Private prayers, on the other hand, are done by an individual within a setting that is private. The prayers can be done either aloud or silently.
Christian prayers can also be classified into several categories based on the way they are structured. Liturgical prayers are commonly found in Catholic Church. This category is very orthodox in nature and the prayers are done according to Catholic credo. A Catholic Mass is an example of worship in liturgical form. During the Mass, bible readings are held and priest will read a sermon. Non-liturgical prayers are often found in Evangelical church. Generally speaking, prayers of this type are more informal in structure as they are not scripted. Another characteristic of this prayer is that it is often done extemporaneously. The last type is the charismatic prayers. The prayers of this kind can be observed. As a matter of fact, within Pentecostal churches charismatic prayers are the main form of worship. The prayers are typically structured with songs and dances. Other kinds of artistic expressions may also be involved. An apparent structure may be absent in this type; rather, the worshippers are said to be guided by the God himself.