The Prayer Paradox

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  1. Ted Grant II Registered Senior Member

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    Most people pray (if at all) for something they want.
    For example, good health, world peace, parking space etc.
    With luck and/or divine approval, one assumes the prayer will improve matters.

    But what if I pray for something I don't want ?

    Suppose, for example, I pray that no prayers will be answered (including this one).

    If God fancies a rest from all the prayers, especially on his day off (Sunday),
    then he might rather like this prayer, which might also tickle his chuckle muscle.

    Would he answer it ?

    If he did, he didn't, so he did, so he didn't...

    It might cause a cosmic overheating, so perhaps I shouldn't
     
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  3. The God Valued Senior Member

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    As soon as you pray for it, your want appears...
     
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  5. The God Valued Senior Member

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    How does God process our prayers? What kind of analysis he does before granting?

    And why does he entertain our prayers? What is his motivation to indulge in prayer granting?
     
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  7. Michael 345 Next mythical choc bunnies for mystic who died Valued Senior Member

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    Since no prayers have ever been answered I wouldn't hold out for you being an exception

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  8. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Which prayers might or might not be answered may be interesting but asking for something to not be including that something to not be also not be is simply convoluted nonsense.

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  9. Michael 345 Next mythical choc bunnies for mystic who died Valued Senior Member

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    You might get a message

    The number you are trying to contact is either turned off or out of range

    I can leave a message if you want


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  10. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Maybe god is visiting another universe.

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  11. Michael 345 Next mythical choc bunnies for mystic who died Valued Senior Member

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    If he is I hope they got a better deal than we got

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  12. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    He is omnipresent isn't he?
     
  13. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Maybe god kept trying until he got it right.

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  14. Michael 345 Next mythical choc bunnies for mystic who died Valued Senior Member

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    Omniabsent more like

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  15. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    As Billy Graham said, "God always answers prayer. Sometimes the answer is no."

    Of course, I can make the same claim. Go ahead and pray to me. I will answer every prayer:
    Ask again later.
    Very Doubtful.
    Don't count on it.
    My sources say no.
    Concentrate and ask again.
    Cannot predict now.
    Reply hazy. Try again.
     
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  16. Michael 345 Next mythical choc bunnies for mystic who died Valued Senior Member

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    I thought answers were always afermative

    just not in a straight forward way

    You buy a Lotto ticket and pray for a couple of thousand

    You don't win Lotto but Aunty dies and leaves you some money

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  18. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Not if you read the fine print:

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    * Not a free offer
     
  19. Ted Grant II Registered Senior Member

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    Doo wee al agrie to ignor speling erors ?
     
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  20. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    I'm praying for deicide, divine suicide.
     
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  21. wellwisher Banned Banned

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    Prayers are designed to place your mind into a particular place; a centered sweet spot. It is similar to a baseball player having a ritual before they come to the plate to bat. Their ritual is an attempt to center themselves, so they can focus and make full use of the best parts of the brain they need. If you pray for something bad, you will not be able to reach the center. To reach the center it takes a certain amount of humility and faith. The baseball player has a blind ritual. This sets the right mental and emotional vibrations to target the center.

    Another analogy is going to someone for advice, after already making up your mind, in advance. You will not hear them unless they tell you what you want to hear. This is not a good prayer. For a good prayer, you would go there seeking advice, without expectations, as to what the advice needs to be. When you get the advice, it may not be what you want, but it will be what you need. So you take it with a leap of faith.
     
  22. Thomas Cranmer Registered Member

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    My prayers are answered every day. I pray for the well-being of my family and friends and everyday they rejoice in His blessings
     
  23. Michael 345 Next mythical choc bunnies for mystic who died Valued Senior Member

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    What happens when two boxers about to duke each other pray to the same god to win?

    Is god picking a favourite when the match doesn't end in a draw?

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