SPECIAL WARFARE TRAINING WING LEADERSHIP
Col. Mason R. Dula SWTW Commander Col. Matthew O. Berry, SWTW Vice Commander CMSgt. Todd M. Popovic, Command Chief
By Capt. Jason Gilleland, Special Warfare Training Wing/ Public Affairs
/ Published July 22, 2021
Chaplain Gilleland, Special Warfare Training Wing, offers prayer for SWTW trainees after a morning training session at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex, Texas Apr. 14, 2021.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-CHAPMAN TRAINING ANNEX, Texas--In the previous Chaplain’s Corner article, which addressed the importance of spiritual reading, we reflected upon how learning from a valued text is essential to the development of our spiritual growth as well as the growth of our character. Today we will look at another important spiritual discipline, the discipline of prayer.
First we must define prayer. Prayer, in the most basic sense, is talking to God or something (one) higher than yourself.
Prayer is an integral part of many religions and even those that do not adhere to a specific faith group, will usually affirm and even welcome prayer.
Prayer in its very nature, reminds us that we are not ultimate, and that there is something or someone greater than us, on whom we depend.
We find many records of prayer as far back as the nations of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, and Israel. These examples show that many prayers were directed toward an all-powerful deity, and often requested things such as protection, sustainment, and direction.
Even today, many people still view prayer as an essential part of spiritual life, and they do so for good reason. So why should we pray?
Some reasons to pray:
While prayer is undoubtedly beneficial, it can also be challenge. Of all the disciplines this might be one of the hardest to be consistent in, and one of the easiest to feel conviction about. Next time, we will continue our focus on this important discipline, and look at ways in which we can help boost our prayer life.