Are you frustrated with unanswered prayer?

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I used to think magically. Superstitiously. Obviously this still lingers some. As with all people. At least there must be residue remaining.

Now, for me, prayer is a way of describing the process of us observing What Is, embracing What Is, and struggling with What Is.

Have you read Shusaku Endo’s Silence? If this doesn’t challenge our magical and superstitious beliefs, nothing will.

Are your beliefs about prayer deconstructing? Come join many others who can help you through it as we go through it ourselves.


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4 Responses

  1. Bernardo says:

    Deconstructing prayer:

    Free Will and Future are inherent to all the thinking beings in the Universe. This being the case, it is not possible to alter life with prayers. Statistically, your request might come true but it is simply the result of the variability/randomness of Nature..

    So put down your rosaries and prayer beads and stop worshiping/revering cows or bowing to Mecca five times a day. Instead work hard at your job, take care of aging parents, volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to charities and the poor and continue to follow any good rules of living as gracious and good human beings.

  2. kris799 says:

    Mine did. I usually ‘pray’ (more like meditation) for clarity, empathy, and to find a solution to my problems. I do not expect an answer.

  3. purvez says:

    Bernardo, even those that do what you suggest in your last sentence, often do it for ‘rewards’ of a supranatural kind later. So better to worship cows or pray facing Mecca…..less hypocritical.

  4. Bernardo says:

    Purvez, But many do not only wanting to be gracious and good human beings realizing that there is no after-life.