Jun 13, 2009
Of all of the apparent contradictions having to do with the
spiritual, perhaps none is as dramatic or pronounced as that having
to do with the effectiveness of prayer.
Some will say that prayer has a major "kick" to it and is one of the most powerful things they do. Others see prayer as being ineffective, perhaps even counter-effective. Over the course of my spiritual quest, I've been on both sides of this divide, and I haven't found many opinions that lay between those two poles. It's basically one extreme or the other.
So, if one group says that their prayer really does big things and another thinks of prayer as a cop-out for people who don't want to do anything, what is it that gives these two groups the basis for feeling that their opinion is justified? Might it be something to do with how the praying is done?
And so, we can go into the ways that some folks might pray. We can also see what makes prayer weak. And from that, we can see what makes strong prayer really have a major effect.
And from all of that, we can see how to make prayer the most powerful thing we do.