By: Natasha Archary
Continuing the spiritual heritage theme on Midday Joy, Unathi wanted to know ‘Who taught you to Pray?’ The responses from listeners were overwhelming with a number sharing that their grandmothers have been the custodians of prayer in many households.
In the eastern parts of the world, prayer is passed down to children by parents. Instilling faith from an early age, many religions start the foundation of faith from an early age.
Islam is a prime example of this with children as young as 3-years learning how to recite Arabic prayers.
Reading holy scripture from a young age gives children a solid relationship with God. Prayer starts at home, the onus is on the parent to teach, answer questions, explain why religious days are observed so that children have the basis of which to follow.
From there, children can then take the initiative to learn more by attending a temple, church, mosque or other places of worship.
Listen to Midday Joy listeners sharing with Unathi who taught them to pray:
Most listeners shared how in the most desperate of times, praying through it was what helped. Prayer leads us closer to God. And God leads us to fresh ways of thinking. This brings peace and assurance. And somewhere in this process, the situation is resolved as well.
No matter how much a parent can teach, in the end, the decision to follow God lies with each child.