January 26, 2010
In my twenties, I didn't believe in prayer. God knows what we need--why pray? I pray now, to talk to God, to ask for strength, to connect with others praying. When A. was diagnosed with cancer, I felt helpless, I emailed prayer requests. A. lived, thank God. Did prayer "work"? I don't think God keeps a prayer score card: "Hm, Patient A got 75 prayers, Patient B a measly 3. Tough luck, B!" After a person recovers, when devout folks rave that God always answers prayers, I want to scream, "What about J, stupid? She had plenty of prayers."