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what good does prayer do ( christians)

Why do people say to pray for things? Why doesn't it come true? What exactly happens if the prayer isn't being answered?

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Asked by amber710 at 4:04 PM on Dec. 16, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Prayer is always answered. He just doesn't always answer the way that we want.

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 4:10 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • Prayer is mankind exercising dominion on the earth by giving God the freedom to intervene in earths affairs. Gen 1:26-28 God made us in His image and said let them RULE He gave us dominion! Prayer is a relationship of LOVE with God. When we know God's purpose and will, when we are obedient to His will and when we ask Gods will to be done on earth as it is in heaven God will grant what we ask. Prayer is not optional it is something that must be done in order to fulfill Gods purposes on earth.

    Answer by TalithaStarry at 4:24 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • I agree with ColleenF30.

    just because you pray for a new car or something and don't get it, doesn't mean God didn't answer. His answer was just "No, you don't need it"

    Some people pray for things that are up to someone else to do. Like praying for someone to stop drinking. That person has freewill, God can't control that.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:29 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • I agree prayer is ALWAYS answered. Sometimes we just don't realize the answer that we have received. Even if the answer is "no", there's a blessing as to why.

    Prayer has so many great powers but mostly it is for our own good. God already knows what we want and need before we state it. When we pray, we pray for our own good, to get things off of our chest and to state a sort of "affirmation", which is also helpful in setting things in motion (sort of like The Secret).

    Answer by jenettyshome at 4:30 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • One way or another God always answers - yes, no, and even not yet are answers.

    Answer by bonn777 at 4:35 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • god listens and knows whats best for each of us.
    but he isnt a genie that you can ask for anything and it comes to you out of the sky.
    lately we have been really worried about a huge crisis and i gave all my worries to god and last week he answered our prayer! i we are sooo happy that we had a great sense of relief my dh has high blood pressure so it really was a huge relief for him.
    god is great and you just have to have patience and faith!
    happy holidays!

    Answer by momavanessa at 4:43 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • Colleenf30, you got that right!!

    Answer by aMbeR012005 at 4:48 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • God answers our His own And the answer may not be what we want to hear. We may not understand His plan for us and that's why we have to have faith. Last winter something absolutely awful happened to my husband's business. We thought it was the end of the world and wanted to sue the scoundrels that did it to us. At this point we could have said that prayer didnt' work. We could have given up. But we placed it in His hands...and months later we realize that He saved us from an even worse fate. You can call it Karma or whatever you wish...but our prayers were answered in a way we never expected.

    Answer by companygoddess at 4:54 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • God has 3 answers to prayer, and yes He always answers. Yes, No, Not Right Now.

    Answer by feesharose at 5:05 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • With God timing is everthing. Because your answer has been delayed dosen't meant its been denied.

    Answer by Sis.Jackson at 5:13 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

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