This time of year floods me with people who suddenly want to pray. If I hear another conjugation of the word pray, I definitely will explode. That word is grating on me like fingernails across a chalkboard. Prayer, to me, is actively doing nothing yet giving the false illusion of doing something. When someone says they will pray for me, I feel insulted. Why can't the person take action and do something rather than copping-out, passing the buck, and hoping someone else takes action?
The good news regarding prayer is that something *MIGHT* happen. The bad news is that something might not happen. It is 50-50. Chance. Coincidence. It is true that, statistically analysed, prayer offers no better odds than pure chance. Yet, people cling to it. How sad. I read a quote that went something like: Two hands hard at work accomplish more than a thousand hands clasped in prayer. Imagine what we could accomplish if people would take action instead of coping-out and hiding behind imaginary prayer and the isolation and segregation it causes.
A few questions, please:
- How do you handle people who use or abuse the word prayer?
- What do you say to someone who says: "I'll pray for you."?
- What about prayer in the workplace? Statements like: "Please keep these people in your prayers..." or "Please take some time and pray for ...." or signing emails with "Keeping you in our prayers..." What is the best way to handle this?
Please comment and many thanks in advance.