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Is thanking the same as praying?

Pray means to ask, if you are thanking God for his blessings are you praying?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:10 AM on Sep. 19, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Thanks can be in the form of thanks. It doesn't have to be all about asking. Many people simply pray to have that time to "connect" with their God. I set aside time each day to "pray" and just connect with my Gods, I'm not asking for anything, but I light a candle and thank them for their blessings. Many people I know pray to thank God before meals, again, they aren't asking for anything, just thanking him for their food... It's just as valad a prayer as asking for something.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:21 AM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • Yes, you are praying, conversing, and giving thanks to God. This is done through the avenue of prayer. In Philipians 4:6 it says: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made knon unto God.

    Answer by Heathercurlz at 10:51 AM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • The word "pray" as a verb mean "to ask". So technically one can "pray" to God (or "pray" to a neighbor). But many people use the word "pray" to mean only talking to God. But either way thanking God can be a form of praying.

    When used as a noun (a prayer) there are five major types/forms - Prayers of petition are the type of prayer we are most familiar with. In them, we ask God for things we need. There are also prayers of adoration or worship, when we praise the greatness of God, and acknowledge our dependence on Him. In a prayer of expiation or contrition, we acknowledge our sinfulness and ask God for His forgiveness and mercy. Prayers of love or charity are just that—expressions of our love for God, the source and object of all love. And of course prayers of thanksgiving thanking God throughout the day for the good things that happen to us and to others,

    Answer by eringobrough at 12:55 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • when you pray you are supposed to give thanks,,,,,thats how jesus taught us how to pray, look at his example in the Bible

    Answer by ashleyamanda at 12:31 AM on Sep. 21, 2009

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