The Impotency of Prayer
Let’s face facts: God never answers any prayers.
How do I know this and how can you find this out for yourself? You can perform a simple experiment. You ask a group of believers to pray for something and then observe what happens. What one will find, whenever one tests the effectiveness of prayer, is that prayer has zero effect:
· It does not matter who prays;
· It does not matter if we pray to God, Allah, Vishnu, Thor, Ra or any other human god;
· It does not matter what we pray about or for.
If we perform scientific, double-blind tests on prayer, and if the prayers involve something concrete and measurable (for example, healing people with cancer or amputation of limbs), we know that there is zero effect from prayer. Every single "answered prayer" (I have yet to witness an answered prayer for amputees) is nothing more than a coincidence. Both scientific experiments and your everyday observations of the world show this to be the case every single time.
The belief in prayer is a superstition. It has been proven scientifically over and over again. When a prayer appears to be answered, it is a coincidence. Quite simply, prayer has absolutely no effect on the outcome of any event. The "power of prayer" is actually "the power of coincidence."
Therefore, one of two things must be happening:
- God does exist, but he never answers prayers. Unfortunately, God is defined by the Bible to be a prayer-answering being. The contradiction between the reality of God and the definition of God proves that God is imaginary.
How might we prove that God is imaginary? One way would be to find a contradiction between the definition of God and the God we experience in the real world.
What would happen if we get down on our knees and pray to God thus;
“Dear God, almighty, all-powerful, all-loving creator of the universe, we pray to you to heal every case of amputation on this planet tonight. We pray in faith, knowing you will bless us as you describe in Matthew 7:7, Matthew 17:20, Matthew 21:21, Mark 11:24, John 14:12-14, Matthew 18:19 and James 5:15-16. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.”
We pray sincerely, knowing that when God answers this completely heartfelt, unselfish, non-materialistic prayer, it will glorify God and help thousands, if not millions of people in remarkable ways.
Will anything happen? No. Not ever.
If you are a Christian, in your mind, you are already coming up with a dozen excuses as to why Jesus did not answer your prayer:
- It is not his will
- He doesn't have the time
- I didn't pray the right way
- I am not worthy
- I do not have enough faith
- I cannot test the Lord like this
- It is not part of Jesus' plan for me
- Etc, etc….
However, I find this is very odd. Jesus makes specific promises in the Bible about how prayer is supposed to work. Jesus says in many different places that he and God will answer your prayers.
If the Bible is literally true, then something is seriously wrong.
In Matthew 7:7 Jesus says:
“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
If "everyone who asks receives", then if we ask for an amputee to have their limb replaced, it should be replaced, right? If "our Father who is in heaven gives good things to those who ask him", then if we ask him to replace a limb, he should replace it, right?
And yet nothing happens.
In Matthew 17:20 Jesus says:
“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
If "nothing will be impossible to you", then if we ask for an amputated limb to be replaced, it should be? Yet nothing happens. Note that if we take the Bible less-than-literally here, the statement "nothing will be impossible to you" becomes "lots of things will be impossible to you," and that would mean that Jesus is lying.
In Matthew 21:21:
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
If "you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer", then if we ask to have an amputated limb replaced, it should be done, right? Yet nothing happens. Note again that there is not a non-literal way to interpret "you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer", unless you replace "whatever" with "nothing" or "little."
The message is reiterated Mark 11:24:
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
If God says, "Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours," and if we believe in God and his power, then what should happen if we pray for the replacement of an amputated limb? It should be replaced. Either that, or God is lying.
In John chapter 14, verses 12 through 14, Jesus tells all of us just how easy prayer can be:
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."
Look at how direct this statement is: "You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." This is the "Son of God" speaking. Have we taken him "too literally?" No. This is a simple, unambiguous statement. Have we taken his statement "out of context?" Not one bit - Jesus uses the word anyone. Yet Jesus' statement is obviously false. Because when we ask God to replace amputated limbs, nothing happens.
We see the same thing over and over again...
In Matthew 18:19 Jesus says:
“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
In James 5:15-16 the Bible says:
“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
In Mark 9:23:
“All things are possible to him who believes.”
In Luke 1:37.
“For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Nothing could be simpler or clearer than Jesus' promises about prayer in the Bible. Yet, when we pray to replace amputated limbs, nothing happens.
And keep in mind that this is Jesus talking here. These are not the words of human beings. These are not the words of "inspired" human beings. These are supposedly the words of God himself, incarnated in a human body. Jesus is supposed to be a perfect, sinless being. And yet, it is obvious that Jesus is lying. What Jesus says is clearly incorrect.
Jesus is supposed to be God. God is supposed to be perfect.
When Jesus speaks, he should speak the truth.
Yet when we look at what Jesus says about prayer, he is clearly lying.
If you would like additional proof, gather a million faithful believers together into a giant prayer circle. Have them all pray together in Jesus' name that God cures every case of amputation on the planet tomorrow. Pray sincerely, knowing that when God answers this completely heartfelt, unselfish, non-materialistic prayer, it will glorify God and help thousands of people in remarkable ways. Now, we certainly have two or more people gathered together, and they have asked in Jesus' name, and we have not one but a million faithful believers who, by definition, have faith and believe. We have fulfilled every one of Jesus' requirements.
Will Jesus answer the prayer now? Of course not. Your prayer will go unanswered, in direct defiance to Jesus' promises in the Bible. In fact, if you pray for anything that is impossible, your prayer will always go unanswered.
If you are an intelligent, rational human being, all of the examples mentioned above show you that the God of the Bible is imaginary. And even more, is the greatest lie perpetuated on man, by man, for the past 2000 years.