From time immemorial, people have turned to a higher power in prayer. In some traditions, praying is an outward engagement with the divine. In others, this practice is a contemplative journey that seeks the divine within. While claims about the power of prayer vary by tradition, millions of people engage in some sort of prayer practice every day.
Although the form and object of prayer may differ among religious and spiritual traditions, its central purpose is communication and union with the divine.
When people engage in this devotional practice, they seek to step beyond themselves and connect to something greater. This communicative behavior can be influenced by individual motives that are inherently human.1