Why Be Prejudice Against Prayer (Or Against Praying People)?

Even if you don’t believe in (and/or don’t like) prayer, there is no reason to be prejudice against prayer or against people who pray.  Why?  Because . . .

1)  The vast majority of people who tell you they are praying for you, genuinely care about you.  They mean well.  Their prayers for you are expressions of sincere love on your behalf.

2)  If prayer is not communication with a real God, then it can’t hurt you.  So why be bothered by someone mentioning prayer and/or telling you that they are praying for you, if you don’t believe that prayer is real?

3)  Our society emphasizes “tolerance” and “open-mindedness” towards so many things, so why not be fair and express the same for people who pray?

4)  A Brandeis University study found that 90 percent of Americans pray every day to “a God who is accessible, listening, and a source of emotional and psychological support, who at least sometimes answers back.”  Regardless of the percentage, a huge number of Americans (and people in other countries) pray.  So why waste time and energy being prejudice against such a large group of people?

5)  Prayer helps the people who pray.  It helps release their tension and stress.  It gives them peace and joy.  It helps them to feel love and compassion.  T.M. Luhrmann, an anthropologist trained in psychology and the author of Of Two Minds, recently said in an interview:  “I think the evidence suggests people who have a strong relationship with a loving God are healthier and more effective. In one of the researches I did, the more someone affirms the sentence ‘I feel God’s love for me directly,’ the less stressed they are and the less lonely they are.”  Prayer helps them ‘feel God.’

 

 

 

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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4 Responses to Why Be Prejudice Against Prayer (Or Against Praying People)?

  1. Donna Eden says:

    Amen to that Steve. Prayer changes things.

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