People are running pillar to post to find out peace. On the contrary, this rat race adds up more trouble in their lives. They ignore “prayer” which is the most powerful remedy for peaceful and satisfied life.
Norman Vincent Peale writes in his book titled “The Power Of Positive Thinking” that according to a famous psychologist, “prayer is the greatest power available to the individual in solving his personal problems.”
Norman further writes that once a woman approached him and shared her pathetic life condition with him. She said her life going nowhere. She would always worry about her children whether they would fall sick and get into an accident or fail in school.
Norman suggested her to pray every day without fail. Initially, she was sceptical about this suggestion however she was following Norman’s suggestion. After few weeks she observed the major change in her life.
She wrote Norman saying “I feel that my husband and I have made wonderful progress in the last few weeks. My greatest progress dates from the night you told me that every day is a good day if you pray. I began to put into practice the idea of affirming that this day would be a good day the minute I woke up in the morning.”
Did her problems go vanished because of prayers? No.
She further wrote that, “I can positively say that I had not had bad or upsetting day since the time. The amazing thing is that my days actually have not been any smoother or anymore free from annoyance than they ever were, but they just do not seem to have the power to upset me anymore.”
From the above story, one thing can be learnt that prayers can actually calm you down and make you handle the situation carefully. No matter how disastrous life you are going through. Prayer makes you more powerful and helps you prevail over your situation. Prayer actually enables you to take control of your thinking and situation.
Allah says, “Without a doubt, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” [Quran 13:28]
That is the reason Islam has five times obligatory prayers in a day for every Muslims. Think about if praying one time every day can change our lives then how bigger will be the change praying five times every day!
How prayer makes life peaceful and satisfactory?
While praying we share our problems with Allah. We show gratitude to Allah towards what he has blessed upon us. We ask for forgiveness for our sins that we did intentionally and unintentionally. Moreover, we trust Allah and ask for whatever we want in our lives.
Prayer works far better than a therapy and has the long-lasting effect on us. It leads us to peaceful and satisfied life.
Here is how we can attain maximum benefits from our prayers
A close relationship with Allah
This is the most important aspect of prayer. Our prayer should not be performed just for the sake of prayer. Connect with Allah. For this, we have to perform prayer as Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) would pray- with Khushu.
Some points will help you to connect with Allah while praying
- Pray as if it is your last prayer. Imagine Allah standing before you and the angel of death behind you.
- Avoid thinking of worldly matters. The time of prayer should be dedicated solely to focusing on your relationship with Allah.
- Figure out quiet area for prayer to avoid distraction. Set aside a specific time for prayer. Let the spiritual atmosphere inspire you, not distract you while praying in congregation.
- Do not leave the mosque or prayer mate the very second of finishing the prayer. Sit down for few minutes and embrace the moment of closeness to Allah.
Be patient and punctual in prayer
Prayer is the source of peaceful and satisfactory life. Because we share problems and show gratitude to Allah who is most capable of doing anything. Moreover, we also ask for something better for our lives.
However, this can not be possible if we are not punctual. To be punctual and interested in prayer we have to be patient.
As Allah says in the Quran, “Seek help in patience and prayer.” [Quran 2:153]
Allah asked us to be patient because except Allah nobody knows whether what we are asking for is good for our life or not. “And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” [AI-Baqarah, 2:216]
Allah will definitely accept our prayers but he will give us what is best for us. So be patient and keep praying for peaceful and happy life.
We often try to seek peace and satisfaction from worldly sources because we believe in what we see. However, people tend to forget that peace and satisfaction are also invisible. We can only feel them.
Similar, peace and satisfaction of our lives are in hands of invisible (i.e. Allah). He gives it to those who ask for it through prayer. We can not see him but we can feel him around.
The Quran says, “And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” [AI-Baqarah, 2:216]
So, practice five times prayer daily and observe the big change in your life.