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The Best Optical Illusion Ever
It can be found on this website… , WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com. It has a video and full text of the same video is posted. It is a web site dedicated to the self-proclaimed “proof” that prayer fails. Is it proof? Or is it a parade of conditions and assumptions that lead one into doubting God?
As I mentioned, there are many assumptions made to make this argument work. Travel outside of these assumptions, and the argument loses it’s worthiness.
Now, onto the assumptions.
Assumption: Prayer is only about asking for things
I preceded this post with a post going into some of the ins and outs or prayer. While I am not an expert on prayer, I do understand that God is not a Super Wal-mart in which I can get my every wish. If I want a feast for dinner, I need to get away from this computer and figure out how God wants me to get it. To assume that God will do all the work for me defeats His purpose for me. He wants me to be more than a person whom expects everything and does nothing.
Listen to God to find His direction.
Assumption: “I am going to start by assuming that you are a Christian.”
This brings up a very important point. How many people profess to be a Christian, but don’t know what it means to be a Christian? To some people, being a Christian means just going to church. To some people, it means being “good” compared to another person’s standards, not God’s standards.
I have heard a clever phrase that best suits this…
Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than being in a garage makes you a mechanic.
But, if all you have to do is go to church to be a Christian, then perhaps this video has some valid points. If all you have to do is be “good” to be a Christian, then perhaps this video is right. But, that is not what it means to be a Christian.
Assumption: “All that you have to do is pray, and God will help you.”
All you have to do is pray? No faith involved? Not knowing what God’s will is needed? Get real.
Be obedient to God and He will show you the answers to your prayers. Have some faith and the doors will be opened that you never imagined. But don’t expect God just to grant your every wish just because you uttered some words. Prayer is to come from the heart. Don’t expect God to obey your commands. He is no magic genie that came from a lamp that you found.
He is much more than that.
Assumption: God answers prayers in the form of 'yes', 'no' and 'wait'.”
If any one person’s prayer is answered, one could believe it would be Jesus’ prayer. In the preceding post, I used the example of Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. He prayed for another way, other than physical death, for the world to obtain salvation. Yet, He knew that there was no other way. He knew what the Father’s will was. And He willingly went forward and later made sure the guards took Him and did not worship Him. (See John 18:1-11)
If Jesus were to get an answer, would it be ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘wait?’ Of course not. He didn’t wait and see what happens. He acted immediately. He knew the will of the Father. His will was aligned with the Father’s will. He had a form of communication with the Father – prayer. He got his answer. And, even Jesus was obedient. And we should be too.
He could have let the soldiers whom fell down to worship Him. (In verse 6.) But He didn’t because they may have let Him go. He knew what the Father had planned. He could have let Peter lead the fight to escape the soldiers. But instead, He told Peter to put away his sword. He also told Peter that He was doing the Father’s will by drinking from the cup.
Jesus did not wait for a ‘Yes’, ‘no’ or ‘wait.’ Those are man-made answers.