Does Prayer work?
Have you ever prayed for selfish purposes? I am sure that before or after the SATs or any scholastic exams, God receives thousands of prayers. How about during the Super Bowl, you would think there might be a blackout in heaven from all the prayers coming from Las Vegas. These are selfish prayers. How about the prayers after 9-11? These were prayers that were sincere. Millions of people throughout the world prayed for the victims of this horrendous crime against humanity.
But do you think any of these prayers have any effect on God? I would think that God can see the minds of the world, and can distinguish our fears and hopes in any situations. Do we need to formally pray to God? These prayers may not affect God’s actions but I believe that prayer helps the individual gain comfort in times of stress, and calms the mind. These prayers are a blessing by themselves.
What prayers do actually have an influence on God? We have a prayer that asks God to sweep away our evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) from our minds. This prayer besides asking God for guidance, reinforces our efforts to rid ourselves of these evils from our hearts. This is not a selfish prayer, but a prayer asking God to create a world of joy, which was envisioned before our creation. Yes, God can understand our prayer without prostrating and praying, but by our outward prayer, the world can understand the purpose of our prayer. This prayer will eventually bring happiness and peace to the world.
“Evil sweeping, save us please, Universal Saving God”