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The Power that Prayer does not Have


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#31    White Crane Feather

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 03:23 AM

View PostBen Masada, on 22 September 2012 - 07:45 PM, said:

THE POWER THAT PRAYER DOES NOT HAVE

This might prove to be a time bomb, considering that approximately 95% of theists won't agree with me. Prayers cannot make God change His mind, that's the point. I mean, requesting prayers. That's not simply my opinion but my understanding of Numbers 23:19 in the Torah, where we have that God is not like a man to change His mind.

Prayer, by definition, if we seriously think it through, is an attempt to make God change His mind.

Forgive me.,. I did not not read the rest of your post. Prayer is an affirmation of a state of mind, those states have a tremendous impact upon people in them.  If you take out all the gods and all that, proper prayer is a meditation and an incredibly benificial state of existence. Even atheists could Benifit from the concept and the world would grow leap folds once we all adopt it properly. ( if only )

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 03:31 AM

Pray to a door knob and you'll get the same result


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Posted 30 September 2012 - 08:56 AM

I'm up to praying to those who passed. Not with an our father or amen at the end but just sending hope that the dead know I miss them and still love them. Hell I'll even tell them what has been going on recently. It brings back memories and makes them passing easier.  just makes me feel better. That's about as far as I would do it.

Talking to a doorknob would break the bring back the memories part for me :P

Thankfully I can do that because I don't follow a religion or any man-like God entity otherwise I'd be doing a whole bunch of blasphemy and would never hear the end of it.


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:29 PM

View PostSeeker79, on 30 September 2012 - 03:23 AM, said:

Forgive me.,. I did not not read the rest of your post. Prayer is an affirmation of a state of mind, those states have a tremendous impact upon people in them.  If you take out all the gods and all that, proper prayer is a meditation and an incredibly benificial state of existence. Even atheists could Benifit from the concept and the world would grow leap folds once we all adopt it properly. ( if only )

I agree with you 100%. Prayer is indeed an affirmation of a state of mind. Prayer, indeed, has a tremendous impact upon people's minds, but not on God's. And, please, do not assume that I am making that up. I gave the Torah quote in the thread as an evidence to my assertion. If I take off "all the gods!!!" Are you an atheist? They never refer to God, the Creator of the universe, in the singular. You know, their way to look down on theists. Of course, why would they agree to "take out all the gods?" They need theists that way to keep the fun at home.

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Edited by Ben Masada, 03 October 2012 - 05:30 PM.


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:35 PM

View Postblind pew, on 30 September 2012 - 03:31 AM, said:

Pray to a door knob and you'll get the same result.

Didn't you read what Seeker79 said above? The impact is on the one praying and not on the one prayed to. You might as well compare it to a door knob.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:37 PM

View PostBen Masada, on 03 October 2012 - 05:35 PM, said:

Didn't you read what Seeker79 said above? The impact is on the one praying and not on the one prayed to. You might as well compare it to a door knob.

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Using that logic, are we to assume that praying for another individual is absolutely useless?


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:40 PM

View PostJinxdom, on 30 September 2012 - 08:56 AM, said:

I'm up to praying to those who passed. Not with an our father or amen at the end but just sending hope that the dead know I miss them and still love them. Hell I'll even tell them what has been going on recently. It brings back memories and makes them passing easier.  just makes me feel better. That's about as far as I would do it.

Talking to a doorknob would break the bring back the memories part for me :P

Thankfully I can do that because I don't follow a religion or any man-like God entity otherwise I'd be doing a whole bunch of blasphemy and would never hear the end of it.

You don't have to follow a religion. BTW, religion per se won't teach you the truth that, once dead, one is really dead. All their memory is gone. It is an exercise on futility to think that they could ever be contacted. (Eccl. 9:5)

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:45 PM

View PostAlienated Being, on 03 October 2012 - 05:37 PM, said:

Using that logic, are we to assume that praying for another individual is absolutely useless?

If you intend to make God change His mind about another individual yes, it is absolutely useless. However, it is good for the individual to know that you are praying for him or her. You know how Psychology operates. Self-suggestion can sometimes make miracles.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:03 PM

View PostBen Masada, on 03 October 2012 - 05:45 PM, said:

If you intend to make God change His mind about another individual yes, it is absolutely useless. However, it is good for the individual to know that you are praying for him or her. You know how Psychology operates. Self-suggestion can sometimes make miracles.

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Not at all. When an individual knows that they are being prayed for, it tends to produce adverse effects, and results.

http://web.med.harva...l/3_31STEP.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/16569567

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In the 2 groups uncertain about receiving intercessory prayer, complications occurred in 52% (315/604) of patients who received intercessory prayer versus 51% (304/597) of those who did not (relative risk 1.02, 95% CI 0.92-1.15). Complications occurred in 59% (352/601) of patients certain of receiving intercessory prayer compared with the 52% (315/604) of those uncertain of receiving intercessory prayer (relative risk 1.14, 95% CI 1.02-1.28). Major events and 30-day mortality were similar across the 3 groups.



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Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:32 PM

View PostAlienated Being, on 03 October 2012 - 06:03 PM, said:

Not at all. When an individual knows that they are being prayed for, it tends to produce adverse effects, and results.

http://web.med.harva...l/3_31STEP.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/16569567

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:38 PM

Oh but the Power Prayer does have.....

Proove it! HA

Big God vs. little god. Through God All things are possible! This includes prayer. Hallelujah!

Prayer is for your spirit.... not for your ego.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 01:52 PM

View PostSpiritWriter, on 03 October 2012 - 08:38 PM, said:

Oh but the Power Prayer does have.....

Proove it! HA

Big God vs. little god. Through God All things are possible! This includes prayer. Hallelujah!

Prayer is for your spirit.... not for your ego.
Here is an equation for your consideration:  I Am = spirit   I Am + anything else = ego   EX:  I Am  vs.   I Am a banker, lawyer, indian chief, painter, singer, rock star, ...any definition added to I Am equates to the ego.  Prayer illuminates the I Am which diminishes the ego.  When one prays for the ego...the spirit languishes.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:37 AM

View PostBen Masada, on 25 September 2012 - 05:53 PM, said:

Most definitely, I agree with you. It is healthy to pray; but requesting prayer is dangerous, as it causes anxiety and disappointment. I mean, if we are in a pressing situation, we ought rather to thank God that our state could be worse and live it at that with praises to the Lord.  If God is Omniscient, won't He know what's going on?

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Im sorry. What? How can prayer cause those things We might get disapointed or stressed if we believe god has not answered our prayers, but if while praying we know god is listening and is answering our prayers then we cant get sressed or anxious. we accpet gods answer  to our prayer in whatever material form it takes.

On a wider note not only does god answer prayers abut he channges physical reality( ie creates nmiracles) and the potential future in order to answer those prayers. For example a perosnmight be destined ot die in one future, but prays to god .god saves them. (which he can do in numerous ways) The future is changed. It is really as simple as that, in real life. Only our philosophical/ theoretical constructs and understandngs of beliefs about god prevent us from seeing this. There are a number of cases in the old testament where god changes his mind clearly and deliberately and causes different consequences from those he first planned . This starts in eden. God never palnned for adam and eve to fall. He never knew this would happen although he understood the potentiality of it He never knew satan would go to war with him either, because that intent was an evolved choice in satans mind which might never have come about. Satan could have made other choice.s Adam and eve could have made other choices.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world..

Be cheerful.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:25 AM

I somewhat agree with OP. God has no moral responsibility to answer your prayer. In fact, he never answers anyone's prayers. I learned this by the hard way.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 07:51 PM

View PostBen Masada, on 25 September 2012 - 06:56 PM, said:

The name if  free will. That's one of the attributes man, as a human being, was granted with. Metaphorically, God does not intervene with what man chooses to do or not to. According to Gen. 4:7, "If you do well, you can hold up your head; but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door; his urge is toward you; yet, you can be his master." This is what goes on in the conscience of man when he is contemplating an evil action.

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That Ben is not the point I was making.   . Yes man can decide what to do himself / herself ..BUT  my point is, that God already knows what he or she has decided to do before they even make any decision..   To sum up - God will know what you will decide and what the outcome of your decision will be, long before you do ..

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