Does Praying Actually Work?
When people are facing tough choices or are having problems with their life, they may try to fix the problems themselves or figure out a way to get through it. But after everything else fails, majority of people will eventually pray to God as a last resort. Regardless of religion, many people will pray to whatever force or god they feel has some type of control over their lives. In fact, even people who aren't religious at all, such as some Atheists, will sometimes pray to god when things aren't going the way they'd like them to go. But why do people do this? Does praying actually work for some people or is it all just a big waste of time? Does it help a person's particular situation or is it all just a waste of time and will your prayers always go unanswered? Let's look at this from a rational and logical point of view.
Let's pretend there's a man named Tom who works for Microsoft as a software engineer and lives in the USA. Tom has a great job and a great life and he's living better than majority of Americans. Then one day, Tom is fired from his job and has trouble finding work for a few months. Eventually, he ends up having to work at Mcdonalds for minimum wage. He continues looking for a good job, but with no luck. Then he gets fed up with the situation and tries praying to see if that will do any good. The next day, Tom gets a call from Yahoo. They want to hire him to be a software engineer again and they're willing to pay him a better salary than Microsoft was paying him. Tom is so excited that things are going good for him again and he remembers how he prayed to God, so he tells everyone to pray to God because it worked for him.
Meanwhile, in North Africa, there's a boy named Akan who is living in a hut and his whole village is starving. There are no jobs in Akan's area for thousands of miles, and bad weather has caused all the plants on the village farm to die. Akan has ran out of options, so naturally, he gets down on his knees and he prays and begs God to make things better and to help his village thrive again. But things don't get better and eventually the whole village dies of starvation, including Akan and his entire family. While praying seemed to work for Tom, it definitely didn't work for Akan. So why did Akan get different results from praying? Does God not care about Africans and favors Americans instead?
Tom mainly found a new job because he was either looking for one himself, or because it was sheer luck and the odds of the dice roll. If 10 people are all in different situations, and they all start praying to God, the odds are that at least a few of them will see things change for the better in their lives. That's the odds of the dice roll. If you roll the dice so many times, eventually you'll reach the desired number or numbers you're hoping for. If the dice land on a 6 and you were hoping for a 6, that's just the mathematical odds. You can't give credit to God for that, because you are ignoring all the people who rolled the dice and who didn't get a 6. So in Tom's situation, he basically got lucky with his odds, and it probably helped that he was out there looking for jobs everyday as well. So the bottom line is that people who believe that praying works, are either ignorant, self-centered, or selfish. When Tom says God helped him, he is only thinking about himself, and is not thinking about the millions of Akan's who die everyday. He must think that God wanted him to have a good job, more than God wanted Akan to have food. So he thinks that he is somehow more important to God than Akan, which makes him self-centered or selfish. Either that or he is just not aware of all the Akan's out there, which makes him ignorant. So if someone says that God answered their prayer and got them a good job, or saved their marriage, or got them out of a bad situation.....then they are basically saying that God cares more about them than the millions who are dying or suffering with prayers unanswered.
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