Philosophical Rants

The Power of Prayer

  • June 8, 2014

This is potentially controversial. So be it.

In light of the recent joint prayer for peace (including Jewish and Islamic leaders) facilitated by the Catholic Pope, I wanted to hold forth on why I consider such events to be important:

  • People hear/participate in a prayer.
  • People believe in that prayer.
  • People modify their behavior based on that belief.
  • Things thereby happen.

That’s how it works. I respectfully submit that if you merely say the words (regardless of how devoutly or fervently) and then passively wait for Divine Intervention you are destined for disappointment.

“God helps those who help themselves.”

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