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Do you believe that "ask and you shall receive" works? Has it worked for you?

Never worked for me.


Asked by booklover545 at 3:33 PM on Mar. 7, 2013 in Religious Debate

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  • I don't think it's as simplistic as that, no.
    I believe prayer is for OUR benefit, not a wish list. G-d won't give us anything that's detrimental to us, no matter how much and hard we ask, just as no loving father would just hand over the tequila bottle to his 13-year old just because he asked for it.
    Prayer humbles us, makes us aware of G-d and acknowledge His control. The change in us may eventually make our wants consistent with our needs and that's when prayers get answered with a "yes!"
    But G-d isn't a genie who grants your wishes without any regard for your well being. If something you WANT will be detrimental for you, them it's not something you NEED and the answer to that request will be a "no.

    Answer by momto2boys973 at 10:38 PM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • If you want to be with me, I can make your wish come true.
    You gotta make a big impression (oh yeah), gotta like what you do.

    I'm a genie in a bottle, baby.
    Gotta rub me the right way, honey.

    Or in other words, NO

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 5:26 PM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • Yes, and no. God isn't a magic genie or a wishing well. There have been times I asked for things, and I received them. There are other times, I didn't. Overall I asked for God's will in my life, because that is how I feel the most secure, and content. I don't have a relationship with God to just get what I want. I want a relationship with Him. Period.

    Answer by Nimue930 at 3:39 PM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • I believe in get off your ass and do something about whatever needs doing.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:24 PM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • Nope, not at all. If it really did, there would be no poverty or suffering.

    Answer by 3libras at 3:35 PM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • Depends on how you look at it. Do I get everything I ask for? Of course not. Do I get what's best for me, with my wishes considered? Definitely.

    If your kid asked for M&M's for breakfast, you probably won't give in because you know that wouldn't be best in the long run. If he or she asks for pancakes instead of oatmeal, you might do that unless there's no time, or you know some other reason that outcome can't happen.

    Answer by Ballad at 3:50 PM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • Matthew 21:19-22 are among the many verses that are very clear, state that they mean what they say . . . but really, not.

    I believe those are among the 1001 contradictions in the bible, but I could be wrong.  They may just be among the innumerable "it doesn't really mean what it says" verses.


    Answer by jsbenkert at 4:50 PM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • We do what we call "putting it out into the universe"
    We'll think about what we'd like,and if it's meant to be it happens
    You'd be amazed at the things I've found that seemed to be waiting there for me to find

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 3:49 PM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • He may not deliver when we ask but He is always on time.

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 4:15 PM on Mar. 7, 2013

  • My saying is " No harm in asking".

    Answer by louise2 at 4:32 PM on Mar. 7, 2013