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Praying is a central tenet of the religious life. However the jury is still out as to its efficacy. Is anyone aware of any instances where amputed limbs have regrown thanks to prayer. In fact I will let this website explain it better than I can.

http://www.whydoesgodhateamputees.com/video8.htm

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no ma'am, the colonial masters gave us our first missionary schools in the south, they built the University College hospital and University (UI) . . . they did not just tell us to go and pray.

they also built our roads, rail system (which we have since abandoned) and most of the infrastructure that we have today.

They were not the ones who remote-controlled Babangida, shagari and abacha into power.

gradually we looted away our own future.

a little less corruption . . . and NEPA would be a successful behemoth today.

If we didnt rig ourselves into power we wouldnt need to be praying for INEC.

PDP is not a christian organisation but a collection of thieves.

if we had jobs for our youths we would not need to pray against armedrobbery.

In essence, i see the semi-intelligent bawomolo already congratulating u for a good write-up, this is nothing but a puerile attempt at lampooning the efficacy of prayer.

There is a place for prayer and there is also a place for civic responsibility, if you refuse to repair ur roads no amount of prayer can stop accidents from happening.

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Why do you think the Colonial masters built us Colleges of Theology while back home they built Colleges of Technology?

So that as they underdeveloped us, we paryed!

They said we should put everything in the hands of God.

Remotely they took over the control and began to manipulate our thinking faculties

Gradually we lost faith in our own abilities

We have prayed for NEPA, So much so that it got transformed to PHCN - The result? Intensive Darkness

We prayed for INEC - What we got was Isi Ewu Iwu Abracadabra

We prayed for PDP - We got a Do-or-Die Election

We prayed against armed robery - They invaded one of the Prayer Supermarkets [b][/b]at Ota recently

beautiful, what a literary masterpiece. i'm still waiting for the religious folks to give examples(be specific please) where their prayers worked. what means did u get answers since from i heard, it is impossible for man to comprehend God.

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So that as they underdeveloped us, we paryed!

They said we should put everything in the hands of God.

Remotely they took over the control and began to manipulate our thinking faculties

Gradually we lost faith in our own abilities

We have prayed for NEPA, So much so that it got transformed to PHCN - The result? Intensive Darkness

We prayed for INEC - What we got was Isi Ewu Iwu Abracadabra

We prayed for PDP - We got a Do-or-Die Election

We prayed against armed robery - They invaded one of the Prayer Supermarkets [b][/b]at Ota recently

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My junior brother is an evangelical christian who believes that in our MODERN AGE people have been know to be raised from the dead through prayers. He reads a lot of the evangelical material some of which contain stories of raising from the dead.

I did ask him the following question;

What if we were to go to our grand-fathers grave side, who has been dead 50 years and say prayers, what are the chances that we would see him rising from beneath the soil?

I said to him that I was prepared to accept a probabilistic answer - 0%, 10% 50% or 100%. Guess what, I got none.

What do you guys think about the question above?

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Bawomolo or Bawomol, whoever!

It is good to see that you are gradually bearing the fruit of your intent,

You obviously out to "convert" individuals to atheism or at least away from God.

First you contribute to defence of evolution, then you try and find errors and faults with the things of God!

It takes a lot of deceit and deception for you not to realise that the "fallen" one is using you via means of perverted logic to war against God and against His people.

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in answer to your question, YES PRAYER WORKS, !

Prayer is a form of verbal communication with God,

It is unfortunate that a lot of people classify prayer as mere "Requests from God", Yet still via prayer you can still communicate with God, without having request.

Our Lord God Almighty, is our Father who art in Heaven, and just like a son can communicate and discuss issues with his earthly father, likewise can we Christians communicate and discuss issues with our Heavenly Father.

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Have you ever prayed before or is there someone that you know that has prayed before and who's prayer of request has not being answered.

it is written that we know what to pray about,

Also please note that God's ways are not our ways, hence He will always do what would glorify Him and not what would glorify you.

So assuming you a "sexual perverted" person prays for God to give him a "Figure 8 woman" as wife, My understanding is that God would not answer such a prayer simply because the motive and purpose of such a prayer is based on "Lust".

God allows Rain to fall on both Good and Evil , as such an atheist may think that because everything is going smoothly then he does not need God and he does not need prayer and that prayer does not work because he didn't have to pray to obtain what he need, FALLACY.

By the way , I believe that prayers of atheists and unbelievers are not answer, for obvious reasons.

Although a prayer of confession of sins and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour, out a sincere heart, is accepted simply because at that point an atheist ceases from being an atheist and intead has become a Christian.

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Just like a Christian can pray and receive strength to go on without food and water for a while, likewise a Christian can choose to take the path of science and eat food and drink water to sustain himself. It does not mean the prayer to be able to fast indefinitely cannot be answered, instead it only shows and means that "whether or not such a person prays such a prayer" and "whether or not such a prayer is answer" , is dependent on whether such a prayer or such a prayer's answer is required by God and to the Glory of God respectively.

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@all athiest

hi there, well i sat down to ask the rationale behind the question and wat i came to see is the athiest idea : God does not exist.

@christian

so please christians as you answer this thread remember, that their aim is to prove God does not exist hence prayer cannot work so let your answer be under the inspiration of The Spirit of God in you and not mere head knowledge.

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it doesn't, tuberculosis is cured using medication. where are ur examples??

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how does positive thinking cure tuberculosis?

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and how well have the pets worked for terminally ill patients? How well does "positive thinking" work for a cancer patient?

Can u use "positive energy" to will away the HIV virus?

there is a reason terminally ill patients are terminally. they are going to die either way regardless of prayer. there iminent death can only be prolonge.

What is your proof that "positive thinking" works? Most of the "positive thinking" initiatives are mainly for terminally ill patients

most aren't, i don't know where u get this from. positive thinking has little to no effect on cancer patients. i'm talking about those suffering from tuberculosis or in rehabilitation etc.

There are lot of people here who will readily give u examples . . . at least i have . . . no point casting my pearls before swine in your case.

the insults are uncalled for but not unexpected. so what are ur examples?? does prayer heal terminal diseases.

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and how well have the pets worked for terminally ill patients? How well does "positive thinking" work for a cancer patient?

Can u use "positive energy" to will away the HIV virus?

What is ur proof that "positive thinking" works? Most of the "positive thinking" initiatives are mainly for terminally ill patients . . . meant to keep them happy for what is left of their miserable lives. So much for ur thinking.

That prayer has not worked for u does not mean it hasnt worked for others. There are lot of people here who will readily give u examples . . . at least i have . . . no point casting my pearls before swine in ur case.

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that of course presupposes that it is possible to gauge what is meant by "positive attitude".

it is not easy to gauge, but there is a reason hospitals are beginning to use pets and a more conducive environment to keep their patients happy. less stress and optimism usually makes them feel better. of course positive thinking alone won't help, neither would prayer.

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that of course presupposes that it is possible to gauge what is meant by "positive attitude".

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snatching polls from the air as usual to support an untenable and unproven "fact"?

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We shld assume then that most nigerians have a negative attitude and pessimistic thinking. I wonder how many people have been healed because of positive thinking.

most nigerians are religious and pessimistic about their future/government. i don't get the analogy here. people with positive attitude have been shown to do better in hospitals.

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We shld assume then that most nigerians have a negative attitude and pessimistic thinking. I wonder how many people have been healed because of positive thinking.

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Is prayer not an outstretch of faith --- the hope of things not seen? I don't know who briefed you on prayers but you definitely cannot go into prayers with a negative attitude and pessimistic thinking and get answers.

people seem to confuse optimistic thinking with prayer. a positive attitude means u believe in YOUR OWN abilities. prayer means putting everything in God's hand. how do u get answers from ur prayers??

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Is prayer not an outstretch of faith --- the hope of things not seen? I don't know who briefed you on prayers but you definitely cannot go into prayers with a negative attitude and pessimistic thinking and get answers.

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Therationa,

My God answers prayers and will continue answering prayers. That He may not have caused amputees to recieve new limbs doesnt mean that He cannot and will not do it. My God has healed sicknesses and addicts; set many on bondage free; solved countless problems, and will continue doing so.

Do you actually have a God you pray to? A God you believe in? If yes, why don't you ask your God god? And when you ask him, and he replies, get back to us with your God's god's answer.

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100% YES

PRAYER DOES WORK AND GOD HAS ALWAYS ANSWERED MY PRAYERS.

THOUGH SOMETIMES IT TAKES LONG BUT HE IS STILL A FAITHFUL GOD AND HAS NEVER FAILED ME.

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE

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The poster is not asking a question but is mocking the concept of prayer. It is very clear that the poster is of the opinion that prayer does not work and yet he poses the question probably to mock or make fun of prayer. It appears the poster do not believe in God and his omniscience and thus any explanation on why prayer is a special grace of God will not make sense to him. Suffice to say that the granting of a prayer lies within the omniscience of God. Obedience to the laws of God and an unshakeable conviction in the omnipotence of God are essential to the granting of petitions by the Almighty God. There are no report yet of an amputated limb that was regrown by praying to God but that does not mean that it is impossible. It is possible that within some decades, science can grow an entire limb from  stem cells or reprogram a differentiated cell to a human limb. If such advances are possible within science, why is it then impossible for the Almighty God? It is unfortunate that some people are willing to accept as a possibility anything science says and yet deny the possiblity of the same event occuring through the power of God. It is within the omnipotence of God for an amputated limb to be regrown. Conviction in the omnipotence of  God and obedience to the laws of God are criteria for attracting the power of God. When these conditions are met, the omnipotence of God will manifest in miracles that even those who question the power of God will be compelled to acknowledge his omniscience and omnipotence. If we can really pray and live according to the Laws of God, then even an amputated limb can be regrown.

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@Aleksys,

Thank you: my point simply made.

@therationa,

The highlighted part of the quote above was particularly why I proposed my question. The narrow sense of whether or not limbs grow as a result of prayer does not in itself measure the efficacy of prayer. Your initial query was:

. . . and it all depends on what exactly you'd be meaning by "is anyone aware?" Now, if you meant by that to ask if anyone was aware of "instances" from reports, of course so many people are "aware" of such instances. But if you were asking if your audience was particularly witnesses themselves, then there are not many such witnesses you may read of on the Forum.

Yet, that in itself should not lead to the inference that prayer does not work as suggestive in the topic: "Does Prayer Work?"

It is easier to dismiss the efficacy of prayer by narrowing your guesses; but the narrowing of assumptions in itself does not negate the efficacy of prayer.

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This question is two fold. (1) Does prayer work? (2) Can prayer grow amputated limb?

(1) Prayer does work and it does not matter what religion you practice. Prayer is a form of submission to the higher power. In other word it is the recognition of your limits as human and the acceptance of the fact that your being is not by your power or by might but by grace. Wether you are a practising Christian, Islam, Hindu, Shinto or traditional African religion, I can assure you that as long as you pray with and from a pure heart your prayer will be answered.

(2) As to growing a severed limb by prayer. This is like asking God to change yesterday and God will never break is own law neither will he disagree with himself. Whatever happened yesterday has happened hence your prayer should be focused on grace to live with your infirmity. I am not saying there is no miracles, I agree miracle happens but praying for an amputated limb to grow is like putting God to the test. If you have your limb severed that is your cross, ask God to grant you the fortitude to bear the agony and the inconvenience of living with it.

Remember the serenity prayer? God grant me the serenity to change the things that I can, to accept the things I cannot and the wisdom to know the difference. We go through some things in life that is beyond our understanding. So our prayer should be centered on grace and not some abracadabra.

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@ alphazee, whatever.

@ poster, Ive seen where people are healed of diseases, sicknesses, aches etc as a result of prayer. I havent seen where people grew limbs as a result of prayer but I know that that is also very possible for my God to do because there's nothing impossible for Him to do. He's the same God that raised Lazarus from the dead and also made the lame walk. Now, since everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, u might choose to believe this or not but I believe it. Am sure Ive answered ur 'question'. Peace.

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@ therationa, 4Him has answered ur question but I just gutta say that I dont expect people that dont pray to be less successful, because my God is a merciful God. He cares for those that pray and those that do not pray though they might not know that yet. I also know that when one is unsuccessful in life prayers can make the impossible possible thru the grace of the Almighty One. All I know is that I and my family will praise and worship Him from now till thy kingdom come. To each his own (belief). Hope this helps.

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Yes O!!!!!!

My God is a living God he has done it in the past,

He is doing it today and

He will continue to do it in the Future.

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The bible has a perfect answer for ur "question": Matthew 5: 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

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Zandra1,

I am glad for you that your "requests and demands are answered my god". Do you know what might have happened had you NOT prayed?

How about people who have never prayed in their lives? Would you expect them to be less "successful" in life?

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I dont know for some people but I know that God has always and continues to answer my prayers and those of my family and friends. So yes it works perfectly.

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we know but face it . . . when you post threads all you are focused on is ridiculing christianity. Neither of the other religions u mention tell you that their prayers perform any miracles.

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4HIM,

For your information, prayer is common to most (if not all ) religions viz xian, mus-lims, hindus, jewish, sihks etc.

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all these cowardice and political correctness . . . why not just say Christian life as that is essentially what you mean instead of hiding it under the bogus guise of "religion"?

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Stimulus,

What do you mean by saying "defined the efficacy of prayer narrowly"? I just showed you that everything should be possible by your bible. Is that not what your bible says?

You accuse me of evasion. What am I evading?

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prayer doesn't work.

positive attitude and optimistic thinking is what works.

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