The Powerlessness of Prayer*
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With Texas experiencing severe drought earlier this year, the Governor proclaimed April 22-24 as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. And the Governor did pray publicly and often; as no doubt did many Texans. What happened? The drought continued; apparently it is the worst drought in the history of Texas. There's been no sign that God is answering the prayer.
Learning nothing from this failure, the Governor, along with some of the most extremist evangelical Christian organizations in the US, staged a prayerfest two weeks ago for economic recovery in the entire United States. Some 30,000 people participated. What happened? The stock market dropped further the next day it was open, and it has been turbulent ever since. There's been no sign that God is answering the prayer.
Governor Perry is on record as saying to a group of evangelicals this May:
I think it's time for us to just hand it over to God and say, "God, You’re going to have to fix this."
"God, You’re going to have to fix this." Really?
In the unlikely event there is a God and that God actually pays attention to prayers, is this the way to get him to do something? "You have to fix this."
And this man wants to be President of the USA? Just to sit back and do nothing? Leave it all up to God?
So - why do Governor Perry's prayers fail?
- There is no God.
- There is a God who does not listen to prayers.
- There is a God who does not like Rick Perry's way of asking.
- He's picked the wrong God.
* A recycled title