The Efficacy of Prayer

A Tale of the Hardwood Floor by the Bedside

It’s a difficult thing to kneel down and release a prayer into the open air. There is no physical direction to send it. It can be a difficult thing to wait for an answer, because our own minds hold a thousand answers that we cannot take for divine. It can be a difficult thing to believe that it makes any difference, because prayers are known before they are prayed, and there will be only one tomorrow, with no comparisons.

To pray is to do all these difficult things. We should not answer our own prayers with the sentence that first comes to mind, we should not pick a metal object to direct them towards, and we should not perform statistical analyses on intercessory prayer offered to suffering people in hospitals. We are not praying to some heretofore undiscovered statistical anomaly arising from the interaction of brainwaves with the earth’s magnetic field. We are praying with the hope that we will be heard.

I have a small thought on the efficacy of prayer. Someone who prays may be resistant to the idea that prayer creates helpful self-fulfilling prophecies, as this is unexciting and naturalistic. But it is nonetheless true.

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