What Do You Pray For?
Please take a few minutes to tell us about your prayer life
02/14/2005 11:09:26 PM
I pray for the United States, that we always watch where we are going and remember where we have been. I also pray that more people start to stick their noses into their Bibles and stop following all of the trendiest spiritual fads that lead nowhere in particular. Cough, Cough, Kabbalah, Cough.
12/16/2004 09:09:11 PM
I pray for peace and harmoney among all people. :-D
12/13/2004 03:57:54 PM
I want peace and love and endless Joy.
12/12/2004 10:24:55 AM
I don't watch Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson. I do however read my bible and go to church, I also look around the world, smell the coffee. Do I fail...YES Do I blame God when I fail...NO I repent,ask forgiveness, and seek God's wisdom to not make the same mistakes again, and go on. Ya'll should try it! In Christ > Annette
12/12/2004 08:47:27 AM
Believe truth even if you don't like it. First action -> not action.
12/12/2004 08:44:01 AM
nnmns, on 12-11-04 8:43:01 pm, point A.People watched the World Trade Center Towers and prayed 9/11. B. God can save. C. People died when Towers fell. Obvious conclution--> God didn't want to save the money changers.
12/12/2004 07:45:36 AM
After reading misionet's messages, my answer to the question "What do you pray for?" is: God, help us all to get our noses out of the Bible, look around, hear the sounds of the world, smell the coffee, and start using the rationality you gave us instead of responding to everything with a proof-text citation.
12/12/2004 07:38:43 AM
misionet, Now you are going Pat Robertson/Jerry Falwell on us, and even George Bush condemned that approach.
12/12/2004 02:59:35 AM
(matthew 16:19) Jesus said: 19And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Mark 16:15) after he had risen. 15He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18..; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” In Christ > Annette
12/12/2004 02:19:45 AM
what I was saying is that the "best" prayer is one from an offensive position, instead of a defencive position after an attack happens, this consist of not only every once in a while calling on God when we are in a jam, but actually "living" by faith every day, also submitting to God and resisting the evil one, I also have heard enough from people who (#1) don't even believe in God and (2)don't even bother to seek guidence from Him for their lives much less for the lives of others, and then when something tragic happens they say "why did God let this happen???) When it was actually "we" who "let" it happen... if everyone would just follow the "instructions" He gave us to walk in dominion authority over all the powers of darkness like we should...the enemy would not have been able to penetrate the hedge of protection our faith had built!!! In Christ > Annette
12/12/2004 12:27:33 AM
missionet, Thanks for responding to my point. You are saying that of all the people watching that horrible event who believed they had access to a powerful tool (prayer, of course) to save those people, none (or at least not some critical number) chose to use it. Interesting.
12/11/2004 11:19:43 PM
cont. (James 1:5) 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a doubleminded man, unstable in all he does. In Christ > Annette
12/11/2004 10:47:08 PM
most people are not honest with themselves or others about what or how much they pray and what they are believing when they pray. and most of the time they pray to a God they believe in but do not serve. James 2:19 19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that-and shudder. 20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? I believe on 9/11 there was too much shock, anger, and fear in everyone's hearts to muster up a prayer of faith about anything! even for me. The wise thing for the church to have been doing is, praying for our countries leaders and those in authority at that time instead of expecting God to defy His law of gravity to hold up a building that planes had plowed into it after the fact!!!
12/11/2004 08:43:01 PM
Ah, missionet, you keep dancing around my point. My point is that: a) Lots of people watched the Towers burn and surely prayed for people to survive, including, surely many devout people. b) A powerful God that answers prayers would have been able to save many of the people who were still alive then, e.g. by keeping the buildings standing till everyone got out. c) Thousands of people died when the buildings fell. The obvious conclusion is either there is no powerful God or It doesn't answer prayers. It may well be praying will help your psyche, as would a good talk with a friend. But it's well proven it won't affect the physical world. As for testimonials, what believer wouldn't want to tell people they were favored by God? And how much better are such tales transmitted through the words of Christian mouths, or even newspapers, than tales of people who weren't miraculously saved!
12/11/2004 03:19:13 PM
nnmns.. "I don't consider the Bible to be a source of knowledge about the real world." Therein lies your problem... About 9/11... Actually I have heard many testimonies from "christians" who were supposed to be in that building that day and for some reason were delayed, who now believe they were divinely protected...also I have heard of people who were in the buildings who were saved by who they now believe was an angel... As for the ones who willingly gave there lives to save some one... their reward will be great in heaven because "greater love hath no man that one who lays down their life for another" As for the children...they are under their parents authority until the age of acountibility...before then they all go to heaven when they die. God told Isaiah: "my people are destroyed for a lack of knowlege" God through the Holy spirit told James: "you have not because you ask not or you ask amiss,(not believing). In Christ > Annette
12/11/2004 01:30:50 PM
misionet, You say I show lack of knowle[d]ge concerning the word of God revealed in the Bible. No denying that; I don't consider the Bible to be a source of knowledge about the real world. I was discussing an event that unfortunately happened in the real world on 9/11. Among the very large group of people around the world watching those towers burn there must have been millions who, as you said,(#1)believe in Him and (#2)who are in COVENANT with Him. And of those, surely very many prayed that people be allowed to get out alive. Yet, if He was there, he ignored those prayers or couldn't answer them. A powerful God could have kept those girders working long enough for the rest of the people to get out. It just didn't happen.
12/11/2004 12:15:37 PM
nnmns you said: That says quite clearly that either there is not a powerful God or else It doesn't answer prayers. This statment shows lack of knowlege concerning the word of God revealed in the Bible... God said in the begining that "MAN" would have dominion on earth, so, concerning earthly things... (according to God's word which when spoken becomes law that He himself refuses to violate) in order for Him to intervene in a situation...He has to be invited by the prayer of faith. by a human who (#1)believes in Him and (#2)who is in COVENANT with Him. This way He dosen't violate His promise to us that (#1)we have "free will" and (#2) we have dominion. So...He IS a powerful God (who is holy and just, who cannot lie and will not violate His word) In Christ > Annette and...He DOES answer prayers (of faith based on believing His word and accessing His Covenant).
12/11/2004 09:21:19 AM
Some thoughts: 1. Surprising that no one (unless it slipped by me) said that the way Jesus taught us to pray was good enough. 2. As I have come to expect, watsy provided the simplest and purest answer: talk less, listen more. 3. As I do not view God as some external being with a personality (and a rather murderous one, if I were to take certain scriptural passages literally), I regard petitionary prayer as a pious version of a child's wish-list to Santa Claus. Some devout people claim they see miracles everywhere; yes, people WILL see what they want to see. Others say God's answer to some of our prayers is "No" or "Not Now." Or, when tragedy occurs despite prayer, they say, "We do not question the will of God." I never have to make excuses for God, because God is spirit, and I do not expect spirit to intervene in the physical world. My faith does not demand visible miracles.
12/10/2004 04:35:02 PM
Re: nnmns, There's one thing that you need to learn; that Allah, God whom ever you my call him. He does as he pleases when he pleases. When it time to go its time go whichever way we go. I advise you or us to do more good then bad, becuase day we live we become closer to our grave. Peace and Love...
12/10/2004 02:14:51 PM
Prayer, as a means to affect the physical world, failed its biggest test ever on 9/11. With the world watching those towers there must have been millions or billions of people praying for everyone who could get out to get out. Yet 3,000 people died, many of whom could have been saved by a powerful God who answered prayers. That says quite clearly that either there is not a powerful God or else It doesn't answer prayers.
12/10/2004 02:07:48 PM
OK well I'll re-phrase my respose to thomasmissouri's post...(since my last one was deleated) :^( (TM) You said: "Ms Hassan was an apostate who reverted to Islam." The Christian God I Know is rejected by Islam and therefore the prayers of faith that I would have prayed for her deliverance, would not have been effective, because she herself served another God... I truely hope that the christian-like works that she did are rewarded somehow in the afterlife. In Christ > Annette
12/09/2004 02:19:43 PM
LASTING WORLD PEACE AND TOTAL NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT...
12/09/2004 12:32:21 PM
What I think is that everything will run according to the laws of nature. What Paine was talking about was that if for some reason God did act like the biblegod and was active in the world, prayer would be like saying I dont like the way your creation runs but if I were god I would do it like this so change it for me. If you belived in a god like the Biblegod then that would be putting yourself above the bibilegod.Which most christians would call a sin. You should read Paine's work it is very interesting. I would also read works by Ethan Allen and Thomas Jefferson.
12/09/2004 11:57:00 AM
"for what is the amount of all his prayers but an attempt to make the Almighty change his mind, and act otherwise than he does? It is as if he were to say: Thou knowest not so well as I."-Thomas Paine the Age of Reason I haven't read this work, so I'm hoping you can give me some context here: does Paine presuppose that God already has everything planned out? Because if He doesn't have everything planned out, and you ask Him to make something happen in the future, you're not asking Him to change His mind, since he hadn't made it up yet...right? And would a Deist believe that God has everything planned out, anyway? I thought Deists believed that God didn't intervene in the world.
12/09/2004 11:35:29 AM
I can not speak for all Deist since each person comes to his own conclusion through reason. But here is a quote. "for what is the amount of all his prayers but an attempt to make the Almighty change his mind, and act otherwise than he does? It is as if he were to say: Thou knowest not so well as I."-Thomas Paine the Age of Reason
12/09/2004 11:12:53 AM
I agree that the survey seemed to be biased toward the kind of prayers that ask for something. Scholars have identified four types of prayer, which can be reduced to the acronym RAPT: Reconciliation Adoration Petition Thanksgiving My personal practice is really heavy on the adoration-type prayers; I haven't asked a god for something in ages. Personal religious practice is one of those areas where any survey really ought to have an "other" option in the questions. Individual religious practices never fit into boxes, and there's no way the five options given for most of those questions will encompass the views of everyone who takes the survey.
12/09/2004 11:03:50 AM
Atheists think there is no god. So who would they pray too? Pantheists think everything is God. I guess they could pray to everything that exists. Agnostics think it is impossible to know one way or the other if there is a God. so what would their reasoning be. Christians, Jews, Muslims, believe there is a God, so praying is important and natural to them. You forgot about polytheists. We believe in very real gods and we pray to them; I suspect this is what cusidh was getting at.
12/08/2004 11:37:13 AM
misonet Ms Hassan was a woman who was doing relief work for the U.N. in Iraq. She was apostate, who reverted to Islam. She dedicated much of her life to help relieve the suffering of people in Iraq. She was abducted by Muslim idealist in Iraq. These insurgents demanded that all Iraqi women be let of jail. Many of all faiths allegedly prayed for her safe return. Some Muslim clerics even went to Iraq to secure her relief. They were as successful as the prayers that were said for her. Her body was found a couple weeks ago. The Mujadeen who executed her made a video of the execution for posterity. Inshallah watsy But who's to say it won't? But who's to say it won't? The results.
12/07/2004 11:34:20 PM
thomasmissouri, you said I would like to know which one should have been said for Margret Hassan ? I don't know all of the details concerning her so i really couldn't say...If this was for healing it would definately be the prayer of faith. The promise which is the weapon for this prayer warfare is: 1)Jesus Himself took our infirmaties and carried our disease's 2)By His stripes ye are healed. 3)We are redeemed from the curse of the Law (which includes ALL manner of sickness and disease) In Christ > Annette
12/07/2004 10:07:19 PM
I've been trying to say less and listen more when I pray. So far, nothings happened. But who's to say it won't?
12/07/2004 08:46:40 PM
dear god, save me from your followers.
12/07/2004 08:11:08 PM
Misonet I wquld like to know which one should have been said for Margret Hassan ?
12/07/2004 08:07:12 PM
Barlee I have seen miracles come to be when people pray and pray in agreement. Me too ! I watch Benny Hinn every morning before I go to work. He heals people and still has really cool hair ! Actually it is God that heals them Benny is a conduit. The deaf hear, the lame walk, they not only walk they practically run track ! You should the the wheelchairs just lined up on the stage. When he touches them with his spirit filled the spirit power just overwhelms them and they fall to the floor(most of the time anyway)wrapped in the save grace of Benny and God(maybe that should be God and Benny ?). I'll betcha those poor ol Muslims don't have anyone like Benny !
12/07/2004 03:48:35 PM
I have seen miracles come to be when people pray and pray in agreement. It is awesome to be a witness to such as this. I pray for everything and expect my God to answer my prayers. Would that the world would fall on its knees and we all pray in agreement we would see wondrous things happen. There would be no end to what God would do for us.
12/06/2004 08:55:31 PM
There are actually 10 kinds of prayer in the bible and they function/ are governed, by different spiritual laws such as: 1)The prayer of consecration: this is a dedication of our lives to God's use-this is the only time we should say "if it be thy will" 2)The prayer of faith: this prayer never ends with "if" because it is to be based on God's revealed will in His Word. In this prayer you "believe you recieve when you pray" and you shall have whatsoever you ask". also there are hinderences to prayer such as: 1)lack of knowlege: of his will due to not studying "my people are destroyed for a lack of knowlege" or knowing promises He has already provided "in Christ". 2)unforgiveness: "when you stand praying forgive" 3)unbelief: "you have not because you ask not or you ask amiss,(not believing) 4)strife: "faith worketh by love"...be kind to each other "that yopur prayers not be hindered" etc. I will post more if anyone wants... they only give you so many words on this board. In Christ > Annette
12/05/2004 06:27:31 PM
I'm with emmline here. Petitionary prayer is really little more than a sugar-coated demand that our expectations be met. Look, if I were praying for a pony for christmas,winning the lottery or something like that I could agree. I don't think having expections met in a case like Margret Hassan is "sugar coating". Especailly when we follow the proscribed ritual. Prayer Changes Things ? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Besides things "change" wether you pray or not. It would be my understanding that prayer would be for a positive change.
12/05/2004 05:09:56 PM
The scriptures tell us to make our requests known unto God. I pray About everything And for everyone.Yes;I sincerely believe in the power of Prayer.Prayer Changes Things.
12/05/2004 04:06:56 PM
I'm with emmline here. Petitionary prayer is really little more than a sugar-coated demand that our expectations be met. Perhaps a better epithet for this activity would be scheming, or inviting premeditated disappointments and resentments.
12/05/2004 03:13:44 PM
I do not understand nor will I ever understand. For some questions there are no answers, and we never will get the answer. If you go to heaven/paradise when you die perhaps you can ask him then. I have to just have faith in my heart, that this was Gods plan for Margaret. Well maybe that is the answer ! Everything that happens is part of God's Plan and we pitiful,sinful human beings cannot alter the plans of the merciful and compassionate Lord. Look at the affect she had on peoples lives all over the world. We have to accept gods plan for others and ourselves. And how much more good she could have done had lived.
12/05/2004 03:08:45 PM
Dancin I like you prayed every day for Margaret. It did not do much good though did it ? She is about all I thought of for weeks. I was devestated when I heard the news, that she was not spared. Me too, but I expected it. I do not understand why the Lord took her. Neither do I, but I am sure God had a good reason for not answering our prayers. Maybe it is a test ? Or maybe it was because he felt that it is our(human beings)responsiblity to save her. I had a friend murdered a few months ago, and I still ask God why. And did you get an answer ?
12/05/2004 11:31:08 AM
cusidh........ Atheists think there is no god. So who would they pray too? Pantheists think everything is God. I guess they could pray to everything that exists. Agnostics think it is impossible to know one way or the other if there is a God. so what would their reasoning be. Christians, Jews, Muslims, believe there is a God, so praying is important and natural to them.
12/05/2004 01:16:46 AM
Interesting poll. Very Christian-biased, ...what, you think monotheists are the only ones that pray? :)
12/04/2004 11:02:08 PM
thomasmissori I like you prayed every day for Margaret. She is about all I thought of for weeks. I was devestated when I heard the news, that she was not spared. I do not understand why the Lord took her. I had a friend murdered a few months ago, and I still ask God why. I do not understand nor will I ever understand. For some questions there are no answers, and we never will get the answer. I have to just have faith in my heart, that this was Gods plan for Margaret. Look at the affect she had on peoples lives all over the world. We have to accept gods plan for others and ourselves.
12/04/2004 10:55:43 PM
misionet..........well said ! ! !
12/04/2004 09:56:11 PM
I pray and lay hold of the promises of God for everyone including myself...but mostly when I am communicating to Him I am just thanking and praising Him and seeking His guidence as I live day to day for the right way to do things according to His will...I believe as I live this way everything else will be taken care of!!! In Christ > Annette
12/04/2004 06:28:29 PM
I pray for peace, wealth and health and a great love life.
12/04/2004 09:24:08 AM
Now it is my understanding that it is ok to pray for something or request something like the safety of Margrete Hassan. That as long as the prayer is not a selfish request that it would be answered. Apparently in this case God's answer to the prayers of many people was a resounding NO.
12/04/2004 09:18:46 AM
emmline What you describe sounds more life mediation than prayer although when I looked up the word it seems that prayer involves BOTH your understanding AND a request or wish for something. prayer : 1. A reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship. 2. The act of making a reverent petition to God, a god, or another object of worship. 3. An act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, 4. praise, or thanksgiving: One evening a week, the family would join together in prayer. 5.A specially worded form used to address God, a god, or another object of worship.
12/03/2004 09:32:16 PM
This is not a useful survey, as the questions presume that prayer is synonymous with requesting or wishing. (eg...refers to prayers "coming true.") Prayer for me is about communing with the "whatever," (aka God to many people,) as a means of feeling more comfortable with the game of life.
12/03/2004 01:46:29 PM
I usually pray for family, friends and country and in general my prayers are answered. Since I believe that our lives are a mixture of fate-or G-d's Plan-and free will and it is a mystery as to what in our lives are which I feel that the prayers are ways G-d has given us to help ourselves.The ways we are helped are to give us strength to deal with that which we must face and to find out how to help ourselves. Sometimes however things seem to be out of our hands. It is at these times a prayer is most helpful. I do not think that certain things that are prayed for are appropriate. Winning the lottery, to hurt someone, etc. are prayers that need to be taken back if made. G-d understands our weaknesses and realizes we could make a mistake in this. If you pray for a team to win-say the Red Sox and they do, it most likely was because they were able to help themselves and not divine intervention! Laura
12/03/2004 01:39:36 PM
I pray about everything every day and ask God's blessing on my life and on all family and friends, my children, my spouse, my grandchildren, my church, pastor, his family, fellow church members, pray for Godly men in our government and pray for the president and his family, pray for our military and their families, pray for those that are hungary, homeless, suffering with pain of any kind, pray for peace and love among men in the world, pray for America and pray for salvation for those who are not saved and the list could go on and on. I thank God for all his love and caring and wisdom and guidance and in teaching me patience and to love others and treat them as I would want them to treat me. I ask His blessing on us all. I ask His forgiveness for our sins and our inability to perfect but in Him we have forgiveness and work to become like Him.
12/03/2004 10:40:19 AM
20 years ago I had an accident, it left me w/severe chronic pain, everyday since the accident I've prayed for the strength to continue on. Many times I've prayed for G-d to end the pain, even if it meant my death, but than I thanked G-d for not fullfilling that prayer! I know it's wrong but lately I've been praying to win the powerball, I could quit my job & start a trust for people who (like me) had no insurance & suffered an illness or injury. 20 yrs & 4mnths after the injury I still have almost $8,000 owed (to the bank that finally loaned me the money to pay off the hospital & credit cards that I put the majority of the bills on).
12/03/2004 07:10:34 AM
GLORY be to GOD!He daily answers all prayers in every situation. Have a prayer Box of concerns for family, friends,Pres. Bush, even sent a arabic christian bible to Sadden Hessin, and and prayer healing scarf to others in need, of GOD's touch of Love.I personaly ask the HOLY SPIRIT for knowledge, wisdom,understanding,of the Will to GOD's work in and through me. a growing, seeking Disciple in Christ
12/03/2004 01:54:03 AM
I dare say that many believers in famine stricken countries pray for the welfare of their children, but it seldom does any of them a lick of good. But, I dare say, there is some comfort in directing one's hope's and wishes to some supposed omnibenevolent being even if it is the work of imagination.
12/02/2004 09:27:31 PM
My kind of pray is being less a stranger to whomever I meet with positive constructive attentive cautious conversational wonderment.. Prayer for humble self is a all the time working at it..Prayer,in my view is more an analytical idea..And less a literal expectation.. Prayer keeps me correcting my previous actions..
12/02/2004 12:10:59 PM
The only valid request for prayer should be for the relief of suffering. For example when people prayed for Margret Hassan. What Strefanash describes sounds more like confession than prayer. Wether or not it is nonsense I will let you decide.
12/02/2004 11:40:20 AM
Everynight I pray for the protection of my family and when I go into my children's rooms at night I might say God bless you to them while they sleep. I too do not feel the need to pray for "things" of this world I would rather have the protection of my family especially my children above anything alse.
12/02/2004 12:08:40 AM
this whole survey question assumes that prayer is the reciting of a shopping list to God. I gave up this nonsense about 20 years ago. instead I have a real conversation with a living Being who convicts me of my sin, forgives me of it and cleanses me. It is interesting and enormous fun, not the typical churchy boredom i abandoned years ago prayer is not a recitation of requests, such is the sin of psychic prayer. prayer is a personal relationshuip with the living god or it is nothing at all other than pagan prayer rebuked by Jesus himself. AS such i could not do the survey - the options were not properly laid out, indeed real prayer in the spirit was not considered
12/01/2004 10:18:19 PM
In my whole life I've only ever prayed for the exact same thing: the health of my family. I just dont feel comfortable praying for material things, but then again I'm not as needy as many other people