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« Reply #8: May 06, 2007, 11:20:12 pm »

I like what Randall had to say about the God of the Christians, that assuming He is everything they believe Him to be, He is far too wise and loving to grant a prayer uttered by one person if it would harm the person being prayed for.

As for myself, it depends on what the prayer concerns.  There have been times in my life when I myself used prayer in it's traditional form and intent, when others also prayed for me and I  believe those prayers found their mark.  It was welcom and needed and when what I need came to be fulfilled, I was very grateful for those who lent their positive energy to assist.

However, when a the prayer is uttered used to try to change something the prayer doesn't like about the prayee, I think that must be an awful lot like casting a spell to try to force an individual to do something completely against their will.  I am exceedingly new, I know, but that doesn't seem right by an ethical standard.  The prayer may believe they have good intentions but I doubt that any diety would answer such a prayer knowing that in the end, it is more about the prayer than the prayee.

Those of us who grew up in fundamentalist religions have all been told by at least one person that they are praying for us.. praying that we would change ourselves to be what they wanted.  If we think about where we are now, and if, like me, most of us are happy fulfilled individuals, then we know that there is such a thing as the positive power of the unanswered prayer.  A major turning point in my own relationship with my JW-elder father came when I was able to honestly and lovingly respond to this statement by saying that I was praying for him too, praying that God would show him that I was worthy of his love and respect just as I am.
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