Prayers mean different things to different people. To some, it is a conscious chanting or repetition of certain sacred texts and to others it is more like a conversation with The Divine and to many others it is a combination of these two styles.
Since prayer is the act of actively seeking contact with a higher power, it may be used in countless ways to encourage peace, wisdom, healing, spiritual direction, abundance or unconditional love. Some see it as a formal exercise of memorized sacred words and intentions while others see it as a conversation between dear close friends.
While there is no right or wrong way to pray, what follows are guidelines that may help those new to the more structured way of Catholic-Christian prayers.