I am offended by the idea of prayer. Am I in the minority here? Prayer, in my opinion, is the act of pretending you are doing something when in fact, you are doing nothing. This is worse than simply doing nothing.

 

If I fall ill and find myself in a hospital bed, a friend handing me a "get well soon" card will mean so much more to me than a friend offering prayers. Simply saying "I'll pray for you" is nothing more than an insult. Prayer is a cop-out when you can't be arsed to actually contribute.

 

Again I ask, is it just me?

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Sometimes. I feel frustrated. I was recently out with a friends who was having problems at her work with her boss.  After explaining to me the situation, she asked for my advice.  I gave her (what i thought was) valid advice , told her to talk to her boss and work things out.  She then replied, "ehh, I just really need to pray about it."  What a slap in the face, not to mention a waste a time.

 

Some, not all, people use prayer as a substitute for action, and that is when it boils.

i should point out the distinction of prayer (asking for supernatural assistance) and meditation (clearing your mind and inner-reflection). Meditation can be quite helpful and requires no ghosts. It allows us time to think things through. I (as Shelby Spong suggested) take time for solitary reflection in a serene place with my books and notepad. It really helps
I think that prayer can be a fear tactic...People get into the habit of praying because they are afraid that if they don't, something bad will happen to them or to the people they love. Or, they think that if they plead hard enough, a bad situation will turn out okay, or that they will get what they want. I remember many nights when I prayed so hard, hoping that something in my life would finally change, and I never got a response...It's always been a matter of me working my ass off and rolling with the punches. I finally had to realize that I was doing it out of fear, not because it was "working."

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