Journal Entry # 163
August 17th, 2010
The faithful like to attribute the ritual of prayer to their god as an act that brings them closer or defines their beliefs. It is also the way that they apparently acquire their desires from their god. But does it work? Does their god answer their prayers? They will of course say it does but it is all subjective. When prayers are seemingly answered it is considered to be a miracle, is it really a miracle?
prayer 1 (prâr) n.
1. a. A reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship.
b. The act of making a reverent petition to God, a god, or another object of worship.
2. An act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving: One evening a week, the family would join together in prayer.
3. A specially worded form used to address God, a god, or another object of worship.
4. prayers A religious observance in which praying predominates: morning prayers.
5. a. A fervent request: Her prayer for rain was granted at last.
b. The thing requested: His safe arrival was their only prayer.
6. The slightest chance or hope: In a storm the mountain climbers won’t have a prayer.
a. The request of a complainant, as stated in a complaint or in equity, that the court grant the aid or relief solicited.
b. The section of the complaint or bill that contains this
Prayer can also be considered a form of meditation, chants that invoke a state of being that is desired. This I have no dispute with because it does not require a supernatural being to give answers. So does prayer wok in regards to a god. I say no if the end result is that their god has answered the prayer request. The answer can be no, yes or maybe. I can get the same answers from my dog but at least I can see him. Prayer in this state is dangerous because it deflects responsibility from the individual. I am amazed that when people prayer they always want something. It is always a selfish request even if they are asking for someone else.
The Effect Of Prayer
It is irrelevant to quote studies as they can go either way depending on who did them or the particulars. I have not found any verified studies that prove prayer works in regards to an answer from god. First you would of course have to prove that god does exist and that also has not happened.
Generally prayer is a manmade concept that fits into our ideal of what is happening with that inner voice we all hear. Really all we are doing is talking to ourselves. When you start to hear different voices answer back you should be worried that something is wrong not thinking it is your god.
Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer
Prayer has no place in the public schools, just like facts have no place in organized religion.
Seek the truth always
Gary David Currie