DOES PRAYER EVEN WORK?
Happy Sunday my people, I trust many of you will be in church now performing your every Sunday worship routine.
I understand this topic is one of the most controversial topics out there, and might make some people uncomfortable.
This is my own take and you are by no way obligated to read or change your already existing views and practice. For the it works for me brigade I know it’s hard to accept that it’s your hard work and determination that’s working for you and not you changing any “God’s mind and plans”.
1. Can praying change “external” things, for example the weather?
2. Can it have an “internal” effect on the person who is doing the praying?
Believers can answer yes it does for 2 and point to themselves, but as for point 1 it’s open to a debate.
Prayer, according to Hemant Mehta, “Prayers benefit only those believers who say or hear them. Prayer gives them comfort. It lets them think they have some control over a situation that may be out of their hands. Prayers is normally first resort of people who never bothered to think about how they could actually fix the problem at hand”.
Just today I was speaking with a colleague and I complained that this rain will push me to start looking for a car and drop my bike as the British weather is back.
She said you are a big boy you can afford it, and I laughed and said at the minute I can’t. She the said by the Grace of God you will afford you will, that made me burst in laughter again. Now I have done my calculations on my finances to come to my conclusion that I won’t be able to afford it at this time. I wondered where the grace would come from? 1. I didn’t play any lottery
2. Unless a random person would give me a gift (which I wish would happen tho lol ) only happens in Nigeria.
3. I got no other business am expecting such funds from.
There’s a very real downside to praying, take for instance the problems in the Middle belt of Nigeria, the president instead of acting upon the fundamental principles of governance which is the protection and security of his people asks people to pray.
We cannot solve our problems through prayers, We often see people with good intentions praying for victims in the wake of a tragedy, but prayer is useless without action, and those actions make the prayers irrelevant.
When it comes down to it, prayer is illogical, even in religious terms. If God has a plan, why try to thwart it? If God can be swayed by prayers, what kind of God would allow the horrors we see in the world?
What’s the point of praying if God already knows the future, orchestrates what’s going to happen, and knows what we need?
if you believe that God not only listens to prayers but answers them too, how do you distinguish your own thoughts and feelings from God’s answers?
Happy Sunday. 🖖🏽