Karen, I truly enjoyed your article on prayer. I especially related to #4.
Hourglass principle-getting deeper into prayer. I too have experienced all that
you described and cherish that peace, comfort, and trust in God. I also
believe and know that to be true.
I always have to smile when I read about "lessons" or
"principles" of prayer. Supposedly, the god the religionists tell us
about is our "father", but he has very nit-picky, nuanced, complex rules
for how his "children" talk to him. If you don't get it just right,
he ignores or punishes you!I have prayed for years, alone, with LDS
people and congregations, taken "Moroni's Challenge", and all the
rest, and I have never heard, felt, or received a single peep from this
"Father in Heaven". And when I point that out to my neighbor LDS, they
always tell me I am doing it wrong: without real intent, seeking a sign, not
humble enough, lacking enough faith and confidence, failing to "study it
out", and on and on.After all these years and all this effort, I
have about concluded that either there is nobody listening, or the being who is
listening is such a persnickety, cruel, uncaring creature as to be nobody I
would care to hear from or worship afterall.If your god
"loves" his children, he has a very strange way of showing it.
The real question for me is does prayer really change anything, or is it just in
our minds? I rather think it is the latter. Why would god require us to ask for
something in order to get it? And why does he sometimes not answer our prayers
even though we ask? If I pray for wealth, I don't get wealth. So then what
was the point of asking? There have been those that have prayed for
safety on a trip, only to get in a car accident. Similarly, there are those who
have not prayed for safety, but yet have been safe. Why does this happen? I
don't think prayer changes an outcome. If one is going to get in an
accident and die, then I don't think prayer can alter that. So then, what
is the point of the prayer?