Prayer Choice: A Motivational Prayer Intervention
There have been many types of prayer practiced throughout the Judeo-Christian tradition. These traditions provide the opportunity to utilize differing prayer styles to create a more motivational and robust prayer life. The primary purpose for prayer is for the believer to communicate with God. However, many use prayer for health and personal benefit. The literature is replete with interventions evaluating these sorts of potential prayer effects, including benefits to the pray-er independent of the intended purpose of the prayer. The reasons that prayer may or may not work are debated, and the various types of prayer that are considered best are disputed as well throughout both the psychological as well as theological literature. This controversy is further evaluated through the example of Intercessory Prayer as a means of understanding the potential controversies and demonstrating the importance of an intervention that promotes indigenous prayer behavior. This present proposed program, termed "prayer choice," takes the approach that prayer can and should occur in many forms that are congruent to the spiritual and/or religious tradition of each participant, as well as their learning histories and personal preferences. Its overall aim is to create an intervention that is consistent with proven motivational and behavioral science approaches from within one's own religious tradition. This paper concludes with a description of an intervention program designed and individually adapted for the development, promotion and maintenance of a prayer lifestyle habit through applying motivational interviewing principles via a modern, social media/cell-phone application.
PSYD in Clinical Psychology
Martin, John E.
Prayer, Christianit, Psychology, Biblical teaching
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