I read a lot of blogs. I love me a blog.
And I remember that a while back I read the story of a woman whose husband had left her and the children.
Clearly, very sad.
But this woman was making her children pray and pray and pray. Telling them that if they prayed hard enough, then God would make sure that Daddy came back.
Is that really how people view their relationship with God? Because if so, then we have a problem.
So I wonder;
What do people actually think will happen when they pray, or when they ask others to pray for them?
(This is point 500 of things that I don’t understand; this whole praying thing.)
You see, I don’t think that God answers prayers.
If I think too closely about the concept of God actually answering selected peoples prayers, then he becomes merely a capricious and manipulative wish fairy, giving rewards to those who are able to word things most persuasively, or those who are able to mobilize enough prayer warriors to make their message a shout rather than a whisper.
Honestly, does God view the child with cancer who has a whole church praying for them more favourably than the child sex slave in Cambodia who has become a non-person; that no one knows exists?
So, what is prayer?
Is it telling God what we are doing? Doesn’t he already know?
Is it hoping that he will stop bad things happening to us? Is he that easily manipulated?
Is it to call him Glorious, Majestic, the King of Kings? Does his ego need bolstering that much?
Are these the reasons for prayer?
If so, then I’m happy to stay an agnostic.
But how about this- prayer as a conversation. As a meditation on our place in the Universe and our relationship to God. No ulterior motives of manipulation or over the top flattery. Just genuine contemplation and reflection.
Now that’s the kind of prayer that I can become involved with.
What do you think?