Do you believe in the power of prayer, do you pray? - page 6

this is gonna have a poll also........ i want to know how many poeple out there, believe in the power of prayer, and how many believe it works? any stories? any proof? thoughts etc? me... Read More

  1. by   teeituptom
    Its is a proven fact that prayer is good for your golf game, Particularly on those 30 foot eagle putts
  2. by   Disablednurse
    My husband and I have lived thru some hard times during the past seventeen years that might have caused some other couples to split up, but prayers and the good Lord have kept us together and very happy. My husband has almost died three times, my father twice, my brother once and other relatives numerous times, but prayers intervened on their behalf has kept them with us. However, there have been times that prayers could not keep them with us and they went on to be with God. Prayers are a big part of my life and I don't know how I could make it without them. Talking to God on a regular basis keeps me going and keeps my life on an even keel. Yes prayer really works.
  3. by   Chevelle
    Does God only hear us when we pray out loud or does He hear silent prayers also? Please forgive me if this is a dumb question, but I didn't grow up in a religious home and have just become a Christian. -- D.W.W.

    Dear D.W.W.:
    Don't be embarrassed to ask questions when you don't understand something about the Christian life; after all, God wants you to come to know Him more and more each day. Jesus' disciples repeatedly asked for His help, and so should we. On one occasion they said, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1).

    Yes, God hears our prayers on all occasions, whether we're praying out loud or praying silently in our hearts and minds. After all, He knows all about us and knows what is going on inside us -- both good and bad. The Bible says that God "judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). The Bible also says, "The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him" (Proverbs 15:26).

    God even hears our prayers when we can't even put them into words -- times, for example, when our hearts are too burdened or confused even to speak. The Bible says, "the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express" (Romans 8:26).

    One of God's greatest gifts to us is the privilege of prayer -- a privilege that is possible because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Thank God for the privilege of prayer and learn daily to "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7)."

    www.billygraham.org
  4. by   presC.
    hi everyone! GOD is AWESOME! my application for immigrant petition for alien worker has been APPROVED! what a wonderful news to start the day!.
    YES! GOD answers prayers, and HE is faithful to all HIS promises..
  5. by   Valafar
    I voted no, and unlike the previous posters who were willing to fess up to it, I am actually going to post why.

    First off, I should think it pertinent to state that I am not a spiritual or religious person, I don't believe in a "higher power". That aside, my vote for "no" is based more in the syntax and context of the question than a belief that prayer has no effect. If I were to honestly believe that, I'd be kind of stupid. However, the question was phrased in such a way that it implies that the prayer is invoking some higher power, and not simply having a psychological effect on the patient. Prayer, meditation, affirmations, any form of positive thinking technique will assist a patient, research has proven this, across cultural and religious boundaries. Prayer works, but so does transcendental mediation, the question is what works best for EACH person.

    Someone who feels that their praying has invoked the power of a higher being to intercede on their behalf is misguided, IMO, but the belief they hold *has* had an effect. I have an extremely live and let live philosophy towards religions in general, more so as of late as it's occurred to me more and more that nothing said in a religious debate is likely to change ANYONE'S mind, unless they were willing to change their mind in the first place. What works best for you, works best for you, and that is what you should go with.

    If you'd like to argue this point with me, please keep anything negative out of this thread, so far as I have seen, this has been an extremely positive thread, and I'm simply trying to interject a differing viewpoint that I hold.
  6. by   danu3
    I guess I have some problems with the question of "Does prayer works?".

    It seemed that we are unconsciously assuming that God is some kind of vending machine in the sky or something. Prayer has become a technique, a spiritual technique where we can manipulate God. Guess that does not sit too well with me. Prayers (at least within certain Christian tradiitons) does develop our relationship with God. It does change us as we pray, actually our prayers change over time. The thing is that, God does not have to heal if God does not choose to for whatever reason.

    It's fine to ask God to heal, but prayer is a lot more than that. Just read some of the Psalms, you get prayers of complaints to God, prayers of extreme emotional stress, prayers of revenge, prayers of anger, prayers of praise and thanksgiving... etc.

    -Dan
  7. by   litepath
    I want to know how many poeple out there, believe in the power of prayer, and how many believe it works? Any stories? Any proof? Thoughts etc?

    me


    ~Oh yes Prayer works! Hard to give definitive proof because it requires faith. Faith is personal., you either have it or you don't. Things to remember about prayer: If we pray for someone to get better, sometimes passing on from this life is better. Praying for a new bicycle still requires you to do the work and have faith that the entity that you prayed to will help as needed. Detach from the outcome, focus on the intent~
  8. by   raramasi
    Power in Prayer
    Quote from pkmom
    This happened a long time ago, so I don't remember all the details.
    A boy I knew was standing next to a large container of some kind of fuel, don't remember what it was for. But for some reason it blew up. He was careflighted to a big hospital. The MD and nurses said there was no way he would make it. The next day, Sunday, our church prayed for him. It's hard to explain, but this amazing peace came over me, my body shook a little. I wanted to call his parents and tell them that everything would be okay, but Iwas young and didn't understand what was going on. Well, I think the kid will graduate highschool next year. He has a glass eye and a little brain damage, but he's doing great.

    Another one, My neighbor's boy was hit by a car while riding his four wheeler. Very poor prognosis. Parents wouldn't give up, lots of people praying for this kid. I saw him mowing his yard recently. He had to be held back a year in school, but he's doing fine.

    I firmly believe that prayer works. Sometimes God says yes, sometimes is a flat no, it seems that so much of the time he says to just wait.
    I do surely believe that there is power in prayer if you really put your faith into it,believing that you shall receive them and you shall have them.
    "Ask and it shall be given"for there is nothing impossible for Him.
    You may not receive the answer at once but it's on it's way.
  9. by   raramasi
    Yes, I do belive in power of prayer because it has worked for me in my work place and likewise it will work for you too if you really put your faith into it.
  10. by   NurseKimmy
    i definitely believe in the power of prayer. but.. you don't always get the answer you were expecting or hoping for.
  11. by   raramasi
    Quote from nursekimmy
    i definitely believe in the power of prayer. but.. you don't always get the answer you were expecting or hoping for.


    i believe sometimes we never get the answers of our prayer if we ask in a different motive.if you ask according to his will he will surely give you.
    god is not too fast or to slow to answer your prayer he will give you at his own good time,and god's time is always the best time.
  12. by   raramasi
    Quote from nursekimmy
    i definitely believe in the power of prayer. but.. you don't always get the answer you were expecting or hoping for.

    i believe sometimes we never get the answers of our prayer if we ask in a different motive.if you ask according to his will he will surely give you.
    god is not too fast or to slow to answer your prayer he will give you at his own good time,and god's time is always the best time.
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Yes and yes.

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