Gurfatehji The dictionary definition of prayer is a. A reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship. b. The act of making a reverent petition to God, a god, or another object of worship. 2. An act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving: One evening a week, the family would join together in prayer. 3. A specially worded form used to address God, a god, or another object of worship. 4. prayers A religious observance in which praying predominates: morning prayers. 5. a. A fervent request: Her prayer for rain was granted at last. b. The thing requested: His safe arrival was their only prayer. 6. The slightest chance or hope: In a storm the mountain climbers won't have a prayer. 7. Law a. The request of a complainant, as stated in a complaint or in equity, that the court grant the aid or relief solicited. b. The section of the complaint or bill that contains this request. I find none of these definitions in line with what I believe our relationship with Creator and Creation should be. It is tempting to believe that God is sitting in his big white chair looking down on us, listening to our prayers, and then waving his magic prayer wand, and granting them, but I find this incompatible with Sikhism. The order of the world, the consonance that we all seek to be in line with, covers the laws of nature, the laws of the world, I do not believe these laws are bent by Creator through prayer, although most other religions seem to do so. My father was rushed to hospital last week, with blood poisoning, at one point he was informed that the following 12 hours could bring the situation either way, most people have a 50% chance of survival from blood poisoning, so, it was a critical situation. I am here in the UK, dad is in India, thankfully my mother is an incredibly strong intelligent woman, and she ensured my father had the best care in hospital, and he is now at home recuperating. However, when things were looking a bit freaky, my mother asked me to pray for my dad. I could not, I could not even try, or begin to know how to try, instead, I accepted that what would happen, would happen, and consoled myself that my dad, unlike me, had behaved in consonance all his life, he had done everything in his life, to best of his ability, as a good Sikh, he is honest, truthful, easy going, both my parents are, I reckoned that this gave him the best chance of getting over this, a good clean lifestyle, and a clear peaceful head meant that his body was stronger and less stressed than some, all I could do was support as best I could from so many miles away, and offer pragmatic and realistic help. I read and remembered bani to help me when I felt a bit worried, I thought of Guruji watching his beloved Sikhs being tortured, I realised that me being worried was not going to help anyone or anything, so I stopped worrying and left the situation in the hands of Hukam, of the order of the world, but I did not pray. I think praying in situations like this makes a mockery of your faith, do I really think Creator is going to say, 'oh well, Harrys praying, I may as well intervene here', that is no basis for faith, it is superstition, ritual, magic, miracles. If as Sikhs we are to have complete acceptance in the order of Creator, why would we pray?