Written by: Jennifer Dennis
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Almost 80% of South Africans identify as being Christian, following the values that are taught in The Bible. Prayer is an important part of being a Christian, it is about communicating and having a personal relationship with God. Many people pray to ask for guidance, for success, protection, healing, miracles and simple hope. We sometimes pray as a group, giving strength to the power of our prayers. Sometimes we pray as a sole voice, calling out at times of great need. Your personality type can affect how you pray, making it even more personal to you.
Working out your personality type
The Myers-Briggs personality types were developed in the 1940s, based on the theories of the psychiatrist Carl Jung. There are 16 different personality types, all based on being introverted/extroverted and how we think, feel and perceive situations. You can take an online test to work out which personality type you are — this involves a series of questions. The personality types are divided into four possible dichotomies;
- Extrovert or Introvert (E or I)
- Sensing or Intuition (S or I)
- Thinking or Feeling (T or F)
- Judging or Perceiving (J or P)
The ISFJ is the most common personality type, followed by the ESFJ. The INFJ personality type is the rarest.
Extrovert personality types
The extrovert will often thrive in group situations. Often they will enjoy being part of a prayer group (or even leading a prayer group). The extrovert is not afraid of expressing their relationship with God and singing his praises from up high and this can often energise other people to do the same. The extrovert thrives in engaging with others and finding common ground. If you are an extrovert though, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a private and personal relationship with God and neither does it mean that you won’t need time alone with God. You can still pray in peace and harmony with yourself.
Introvert personality types
Many introverts spend more time looking towards their inner self to understand their thoughts, feelings and emotions. Prayer is the ideal time to invite God in too. For introverts, they might find that they are more happy and comfortable playing in solitary, or not being so open with expressing their feelings for God. This quiet time with God can be extremely fulfilling and it certainly doesn’t mean that you love God any less, just because you aren’t shouting it out in church. However, introverts might thrive in an online environment, joining a virtual prayer group when they can engage in conversations with other like minded Christians. It could help to connect you with a valuable support network, especially if you are feeling alone.
Your personality type might help you to understand the way that you pray, but it certainly does not define you. The most important thing is that you have a personal relationship with God through worship and prayer in your own way.
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