Man has always prayed. He is a praying animal. Prayer was born with Gaya Maretan, the first man and it will live up to the time of Saoshyant, the last man to be born upon earth. It is instinctive and innate. It is the inborn urge in man – like breathing and thinking and speaking. It is an inalienable accompaniment of the human mind. Prayer ever grows in depth, in fervour, in devotion, in selflessness, in spirituality. Prayer begins with the magic spells of the savage and ends with the sublime songs of the sage.
Prayer outgrows man. Prayer is the expression in words of the pious feelings of the heart, its devotional overflow. It is the breath of the soul. It is the fellowship and communion with Ahura Mazda. It is the noblest expression of thought in words, sublime speech of the spirit, an audible utterance of the heart, and a verbal expression of noble sentiments and feelings. Righteous thinking is prayer.
Through prayer does man convey his feelings of joy and sorrow, gratitude and love, hope and fear. In his hunger and thirst for the divine grace, man lays down through prayer his grievances before his creator, confesses his guilt, craves for help, and seeks mercy. Prayer is the great discipline for man. It is a striving, a seeking for something beyond man’s weak self, higher than himself, a will, a power, a strength, an ideal which man does not possess, but longs to attain.
Help me, Ahura Mazda, to cultivate the habit of prayer. Enable me to know Thy will, I pray, that I may conform my impulses to its demands. I will pray with concentration of my mind and I will pray with all my heart and all my soul. I will pray to Thee in words of devotion. I will pray to Thee aloud and I will pray to Thee in silence, for Thou dost hear my prayers even in thought. Thou dost read my thoughts and measure my feelings and know my aspirations. I will pray, Ahura Mazda, that prayer may lift me to Thee and make me Thine..