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Great Answer!Devils' Advocate
It does raise one question for me though. Is prayer then a pointless exercise - IF the reason for the prayer is to have something happen in one's life? Can praying to God bring about an event one desires to have happen? Or does not want to happen?
Broad question. I'd have to answer that some people say yes, some no. I'd answer yes, but the jury is still out on that one ...
I'd say yes, but not in preventing a crash.Devils' Advocate
Example: One is sitting in an airplane at 30,000 feet when you hear a very loud bang! And the plane starts losing altitude. Does praying "Please Dear Lord do not let this plane crash" have any value whatsoever?
I'd say yes, but not in preventing a crash.
and that is below...Actually, DA, I think the answer to your question about prayer is contained in the last paragraph of the original 'New Paradigm' thesis.
I think He is saying I am with you. I am for to you. You can talk to Me, and be with Me. I can walk with you if you allow, but I am not some fairy godmother or fetish object sprinkling good fortune in your path. Faith in Me will not determine your good health or prosperity. I do not increase or decrease your material happiness in relation to your faith. God is not a carrot and stick relationship. Nor an insurance policy. Nor Pascal's wager.
This is wonderful. (because I agree of course) but to expound (which might make others not agree)
Prayer doesn't change things.... it changes our perception of things.
Airline going down, I can panic, I can scream, or I can calm myself and prepare for the inevitable.
What happens .... is what happened... our response is our choice. Kids in the same classroom, some say the teacher is awful, some say the teacher is great.... it is the same teacher in the same classroom, the difference is perspective... But that teacher has it out for me, and she likes you...the difference is perspective.
We can't change anyone else, we can only change ourcellves. If we can't change what is...we always can change our perception of it.
You know how your most embarrassing moments, ones you hope nobody saw, or if they did see, you are mortified and don't want them to tell others....become your favorite self deprecating party stories? What changed? Only perspective. Time helped...distance from the situation, hearing others with similar issues.... I've learned if I am going to laugh about it later, may as well laugh about it now. Why wait for time to change perspective...why allow those negative neurotoxins get created in your brain from anger or fear...convert it to laughter and produce beneficial chemicals...