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Old 09-09-2007, 02:34 AM   #1
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Does prayer work?

Does prayer work?
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Old 09-09-2007, 02:37 AM   #2
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Re: Does prayer work?

Well this is going to be an interesting thread.
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:22 AM   #3
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Re: Does prayer work?

This is gonna be tough for me to explain, but here goes.

I am not a religious person, I do not pray or use religion to help me when I need it. I do not believe in a higher existence either.

But I do believe that a person can believe in religion if they want. If religion helps you, then by all means continue believing in w/e you want to believe. If a person believes in God and prayer and it helps them, that's fine, because every man has their own beliefs that they are entitled to.

When people ask me to pray for some reason, I do oblige and say a prayer just because if a person is asking for other people to pray for them I will do it to help them.

I guess that's kind of hypocritical in some ways, doing something for another person that I don't personally believe in, but that's just how I do things. I don't care if you guys will think less of me for it, just because I know I am not gonna change my opinion.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:19 AM   #4
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Re: Does prayer work?

It depends what you mean by work. Prayer works in the sense that it's a form of meditation that can bring about a state of tranquility. It doesn't work if you're expecting a higher power to perform miracles and fix your worldly problems.

And of course who can forget people like this who make a mockery of the whole thing.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:45 AM   #5
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Re: Does prayer work?

i think prayer works. but not like praying for a victory, or material things. i think its along the lines of what saden said, praying for inner peace, and maybe forgiveness
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:35 AM   #6
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Re: Does prayer work?

All prayers are answered. We just don't always like the answer.
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Re: Does prayer work?

I'm also not a religious person, but I definitely think the power of prayer is very strong. If you believe in something like that strong enough, knowing that many people are supporting you can be very comforting.

But, I think Christian Science hospitals should be banned.
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All prayers are answered. We just don't always like the answer.
Well said, well said.
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:25 AM   #9
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Re: Does prayer work?

I personally am still developing my views of God. I think there is someone looking out for me. There have been countless times where I feel I have been "saved" from bad situations. First couple times I felt like this was just luck, but this happens way too much and I really feel someone has their eye on me up there. Obviously I try to not put myself in trouble and all that, but I have started to pray more.

Prayer is huge when a family is mourning a loss or another tragic event. It can bring people together and it has the power of healing us emotionally.

I hope this thread remains about prayer and NOT about the validity of God or religion.
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:44 AM   #10
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All prayers are answered. We just don't always like the answer.
That's what my mom always tells me "God answers all our prayers...sometimes the answer is 'No'"
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All prayers are answered. We just don't always like the answer.

Well put Brud
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:41 AM   #12
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Re: Does prayer work?

If my thread got pulled down about Vick because of the religious tone... then this one should be also.
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:43 AM   #13
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If my thread got pulled down about Vick because of the religious tone... then this one should be also.
We're certainly watching this thread, so far it's fine. But the two threads weren't the same. And don't take it so personally that your thread was locked.
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:47 AM   #14
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I echo Saden's comments word for word.
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:55 AM   #15
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Re: Does prayer work?

Wow, that's a heck of a question. I am a really strong proponent of God helps those that help themselves. Personally, I always feel like I've got my stuff covered so I don't want to bother God with it. Is that strange? It always makes my wife laugh. I pray for others, and I'll ask God to look out for my loved ones all the time but never for myself. I'd like to think it works but sometimes I have my doubts.

Really good thread, as long as we all behave like adults. This is another example of why this forum is more than just a bunch of Redskins fans.
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