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The Power of Prayer

6 spiritual leaders offer advice on how you can pray

"People need to pray in their own ways," says the Rev. Norm Eddy, seen here with a local resident in New York. — Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos

THE REV. NORM EDDY
East Harlem Protestant Parish in New York

I used to see this guy on Second Avenue. He had usually been drinking too much. One day, I asked him if he prayed. He turned around and shouted at me, "Yes. But in my own way!"

People need to pray in their own ways, depending on the person's personality, situation or beliefs. One thing I have noticed for sure, though, is that when you're going through a hard time, it is good to know that someone else is praying for exactly the same thing you are. Dual companionship in prayer is very important because it works better. The person facing problems knows he's not alone.

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