There is another thread running about prayer. Often more than not we use prayers all the time though it is never described as prayer. Why not do both. Each have an effect on the whole. Measuring the effects of either or can be an endless road however.
There is a very big difference between the two! People don't peay for things to "happen", the pray for strength to endure whats happening, they pray for wisdom and understanding of God's will, they pray for others that have passed on to be in eternal comfort in the arms of God... thats very different than wishing to be rich or famous or beautiful or smart.
One needs to (wants to) pray. One also needs to act. You do what you can/need to do, and God does what you can't do. After all, prayer is communication with Him, NO? A lot of people can wish, but that doesn't mean they pray, or are engaged in prayer just by wishing.
Perhaps to you it is just wishing, I don't know. For me, it certainly is not. Wishing rarely gives you answers. Praying always does, though it may not be what you ask for. God is not "sugar Daddy", granting every wish/whim. He Has a Will and a Plan, and if our prayer/asking, is according to His will, He WILL grant the request. Sorry.
At-one-with-the-universe is not an invalid concept, whatever one conceives the universe to be. Being alone is so awful. For many, it is outright unacceptable. I am tending to agree; I mean, really, this kind of reality-construct is crap. But just because one wishes it not to be so, does not mean that it will not be so.
Praying for me is asking for the strength ,fortitude wisdom needed in a situation or for a purer focus of positive intention. Doing is walking the walk. If all our thoughts and words are or could be a conscious prayer how much kinder would we all be?
I like that thought, gracewithin. What if all our thoughts and words are or could be a conscious prayer? It's a nice thought, but I fear that some folks don't have nice thoughts and words, so their prayers wouldn't be very nice. Take those with road rage for instance. But if they stopped and thought that they were indeed praying, maybe their words and actions would be different. Something definitely to think about. But I do think that if we all thought and acted with conscious effort to do what was good, then the world would definitely be a very different and a very better place.
Prayer should not be confused with wish, hope, desire, thought, etc. Prayer should be... directed to God. It should not be a random thought that pops into your head, but something that is considered. Prayer should mean something and not just be said haphazardly unless you want haphazard answers.
That would depend on where one thinks God dwells. Discarding random thoughts and the power they have to affect all things is why haphazard incidents occur. Meaning, if we are not aware of the thoughts arising and place little or no importance on them preferring to disown them or stifle them, we are less likely to take responsibility or accepting wholly what occurs in our life.
Yet another Word GameIt is easy, we start with a word like "spittoon" the next person has to think of a word that starts with the last letter of the previous word, in this case, they have to use the letter...
Can you really change God's mind? If yes, then what does that say about God? If not, then why do it? And why ask others to pray for you or for someone who is perceived to be in need of prayer? I have asked this question...