I've never been a big believer. I've never really had much faith, or at least, compared to others. For a long time I've held the view that prayer is something personal and it depends on what you have faith in. In my eyes, faith is believing in something you cannot see or prove, the intangible, so of course prayer, an intimate moment, I have considered a solitary past time.
Of course we can all meet up in a church and share our common faith, but as for bringing people closer I hadn't thought it did, until now.
I've always thought faith bring us closer to ourselves and it can seem quite selfish to others, but everybody's different. Whilst I still stand by my view, attending church with my brother in law and his family, I've seen how prayer, specifically, can bring people closer.
My brother-in-law's uncle and his family are possibly the depiction of the family, who prays together (..and stays together). They pray together, they say individual prayers, but they also pray for one another. I saw them pray together and I was touched. My brother-in-laws uncle, however, told me that he was not just praying for his immediate family, but his extended family, myself, my sister, and his new niece-in-law. It was touching.
Since that day I've found myself feeling closer than ever to my brother-in-law's side of the family. Prayer, even if it's a short, intimate moment, can bring you together because it can be a shared hope, a shared wish, or at the very least a shared desire for happiness and safety on this planet we call earth.