Engaging in prayer is a universal experience for individuals of many faiths. Prayer knows not age, color of skin, gender, moral code, or personality. Some faiths use meditation as a means of spiritual connection or prayer. Some individuals recite prayers that have been memorized, a tradition of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Some individuals pray by entering into a conversation with God. Others contemplate the presence of God. Prayer comes in many forms and not all prayer occurs with folded hands or on bended knee; but, Chuck's choice of the classic form of head bowed, eyes closed, and hands together invokes in us the reminder of our attempts to reach out spiritually.
Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication. In the narrow sense, the term refers to an act of supplication or intercession directed towards a deity (a god), or a deified ancestor. More generally, prayer can also have the purpose of thanksgiving or praise, and in comparative religion, is closely associated with more abstract forms of meditation and with charms or spells.