Promises that Jesus makes about prayer in the Bible:  

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. [Matthew 21:21]

If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. [John 14:14]

Ask, and it will be given you. [Matthew 7:7]

Nothing will be impossible to you. [Matthew 17:20]

Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. [Mark 11:24]

No matter how many people pray, no matter how often they pray, no matter how sincere they are, no matter how much they believe, no matter how deserving the spouse or children of an abuser, what we know is that prayers do not inspire God to stop mental and physical abuse of loved ones by a spouse or parent. This happens despite what Jesus promises us in Matthew 21:21, John 14:14, Matthew 7:7, Matthew 17:20, and Mark 11:24.

Are Jesus' statements in the Bible true or false?  

Rationalization #1. “The reason God cures thousands of cancers, infections, etc. each day but seldom intervenes with family violence is because it is not God's will to do that. It is not part of God's plan.”

Fact: all five of Jesus statements are false in the event of family violence.

Rationalization #2.  Yes, No, or Maybe. The fervent and effectual prayer of the righteous, avails much. Known as Intercession or Intercessory prayer. The keywords being fervent and righteous. As opposed to wishful thinking prayer. 

Fact: This is a case of blame the victim. The reason why prayer has no effect is because God is imaginary. God is a construct of the human mind, passed from generation to generation or from a person to person. It is like a virus. 

The best optical illusion in the world!

Thanks booklover. 

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2014 at 10:46am

" wouldn't they have prayed us away long ago?"  Good point Bertold.

Comment by Future on August 7, 2014 at 12:43pm
"Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. [Mark 11:24]"

I think much better advice can be gleaned from The Emperor's New Clothes.
Comment by C.J. on August 7, 2014 at 11:58am

In arguments with friends, I have raised the contention that humans are too insignificant to merit  god's attention and, consequently, prayers are ignored.  Why would a cosmic entity with dominion over the entire multiverse care about about problems and behavior of a species living on a planet subsumed within a vast cosmos?

Comment by John Aultman on August 7, 2014 at 10:23am

When a Christian says they will pray for me I tell them it doesn't work because others have prayed for me for years including ministers and I'm still an atheist.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 7, 2014 at 8:52am

Actually we may be the best proof of all that prayer doesn't work, If it did, wouldn't they have prayed us away long ago? 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 7, 2014 at 8:33am

Joan - no need for an apology; just say a prayer for me!

Comment by Pat on August 7, 2014 at 8:23am

To paraphrase Bertrand Russell, no one who sits at the bedside of dying child and proclaims belief in a merciful god has one single shred of morality.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 7, 2014 at 8:01am

Glenn -- good thinking! Might as well make a profit off religion. It's the very best product to market - there's no overhead. Works best if you make a prophet too!

Comment by prem prakash pandey on August 7, 2014 at 5:54am

Glenn, Thanks for your suggestions about hiding or carrying the shoes. But both ruled out. Not allowed.

Comment by glenn hood on August 7, 2014 at 5:36am




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