Tenrikyo /What Prayer Works

Does prayer work? It seems like if someone were to set out on research project to find out if prayer works, they would find out that the majority of times prayer will not bring upon what we have requested. Imagine a study of cancer victims, where one groups prayed, and the other did not. There would have to be other factors that would have to be considered like stage of cancer, what type of cancer, improvement upon prayer, extent of prayer, type of prayer, sincerity of prayer, and even religion of prayer. This extraneous information would make it difficult to get a true result. Or maybe a better measure would be a study to find out the remission and cure rates between atheists and religious people.

Even if this type of project were done, I would imagine that the remission or cure rate would be the same for both groups, albeit a miniscule advantage to the religious group. Hope in a creator, or mind over matter affecting the progress of the disease in the religious group.

If God did consider our prayers, what is he looking for? Is there a standard prayer? Must there be emotion, contrition, sincerity, promises, change in behavior, loyalty, contribution of money and time, pilgrimage, charity, missionary contract, etc.

If God is all-powerful, does he not know what we want already? Must we bargain with God to help us? How much money should I donate, I will be nicer to people, let me live for a few more years, I will attend church from now on if, etc. Our prayers appear to be a futile attempt to bargain with God.

In the Heaven’s Truth Religion (Tenrikyo), we have a prayer that has been given to us by God. It is not a selfish prayer, but a prayer to save all mankind. It is a prayer to spread God’s truth to the World, the truth that by removing evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) from one’s mind, we can live a joyous life. But this prayer is not as simple as it appears. It requires a specific prayer (Joyous Service) and the pure mind of the prayer. Without both, we can expect the congregation to grow at a nominal rate; but with both requirements met, God will bring a plethora of new members to our churches. God guarantees this type of prayer!

About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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3 Responses to Tenrikyo /What Prayer Works

  1. peddiebill says:

    I don’t doubt you have a prayer that does these things but in all honesty I don’t see evil being removed. Nor do I see many churches growing as a consequence of prayer. Perhaps you are right that God sends the prayer you favour but isn’t it just as likely that it depends on which of the many ideas about what God is like? Not everyone agrees! You are correct about the general failure of prayer to produce healing – or if it comes to that helping plants grow! Try Googling “Francis Galton and the testing of prayer”


    • heaventruth says:

      Funny thing that you mentioned prayer as helping plants grow. Obviously an hypothesis that Galton proved was false. But in the Heaven’s Truth Church, it is said that God descended from Heaven to help the early farmers with their crops, and gave them a prayer to do just that. But if one were to seriously study the Book of Prophecy(Ofudesaki), God was showing the people how to bring new members to the churches. Crops referred to the new people that our prayer (Joyous Service) would bring in.

      Another reason why prayer may not bring healing is because our minds are not on the same frequency as God’s. By frequency, I mean a mind that is pure like God’s. If one were to believe in causality (karma), God may not interfere with what we have sown.

      We also believe that God does guide us with illness. When we ponder over these illnesses, and purify our minds, these illnesses often go away, as opposed to the illnesses that we have brought upon ourselves by causality.

      My belief of God is like he is our parent. Like most parents we love our children, even when they go astray. We desperately want them to be happy, and would do anything in our power to do this. I believe that God wants us to understand causality, and reincarnation and that we sow what we have planted. He like our parents, would like us to live a joyous life; and because of this has given us a special prayer.



  2. Archon's Den says:

    Prayer works at the level of Random Occurrence. ‘A’ has a picnic, and prays for a sunny day. ‘B’ is a farmer who prays for rain for his crops. Repeat seven billion times. ‘God’ is a Magic 8-Ball. 😕


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