Does Prayer Work?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jerrywpar wrote:
> Does it serve a purpose and if so, how?
> Just some personal musings and observations. If "God" is truly omniscient and omnipotent, is prayer needed and if so to what end? Do people pray in hopes of changing Gods' mind about what is predestined to happen to begin with? If so, isn't that a contradiction of omniscience?
> Does prayer really work?
> Personally, I believe that prayer does really work, giving proof that there is no omniscient and omnipotent God, but lending credence to the theory that there is a "Collective Consciousness" that can be influenced by the thoughts and "prayers" of us in the physical consciousness through communication with the ultra-consciousness of the Universe.
Good questions, Jerry. Yes, prayer is needed. Whether prayer really works depends on who you are praying to. If you are asking the big Santa Claus in the sky to bring you a basket of goodies, you are wasting your time. If you are focusing your energies on harnessing the power of the Holy Spirit within you, amazing results can be achieved.
The Bible tells us repeatedly that faith can work miracles. In almost every account of the healings of Yeshua, the healing is attributed ot the faith of the supplicant. When Yeshua beckoned to Peter to walk across the water to join Him, Peter stayed afloat as long as his faith was strong. The minute he began to doubt his faith, he began to sink.
So the question becomes what should we have faith in? Should we have faith in a preacher, a book, a web site or a television show? These are all creations of the material world with all the inherent errors found in man's works. Again, the Bible tells us where the real power is.
Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
So your last statement seems somewhat self-contradictory. You say that you do not believe in an omniscient and omnipotent God, yet you believe in a collective consciousness. To me, that seems like just another name for the Holy Spirit. Since the Holy Spirit is the part of God within each of us, it sounds like you do believe after all.
So the question then becomes what do we do with this faith, this belief? Do we walk around going "Hallelujah! I have faith! I believe!" or do we show our faith in our daily words and deeds?
James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.