Does God Listen When We Pray?
With the horrendous tragedy in Connecticut today, the default reaction for the masses is to pray. Within these praying masses we find praying for the families, praying for the innocents lost, and ridiculous FaceBook pictures proclaiming you are praying and if you don’t like the picture… You’re a horrible person.
In order to understand the power of prayer, you would need to witness a miracle:
I have not. However, I have heard stories. Stories of people who go to a hospital for surgery, and God brought them out. Or, did they go to the hospital because their blind faith wasn’t as strong as they professed? Wasn’t it the medical staff that ultimately provided the avenue for a speedy recovery? Most would not agree.
The above link provides a story of a man who had been dead for an hour and was miraculously healed. Let us dive into the facts. This man had been “dead” for an hour. A Christian cardiologist comes in, prays for the man, and then has the nurses shock him once more. BOOM! He has a heart beat. Great story. (Not to mention that he had to shock him before he woke up) But, it has a hole I want to fill in. With citations of course.
— You don’t shock a dead heart. Shocking a heart, or defibrillating, causes a heart that is beating out of sync to come back into a normal rhythm. Hence the name “defibrillation”.
Definition of defibrillation– http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/defibrillation
A forum of doctors discussing this topic– https://www.erc.edu/forum/index.php?s=0&showtopic=471
Another point I feel needs to be made, is the importance of a prayer and the subsequent answering:
When a single mother of three prays for food for her children, God should answer. Right? How about the prom queen candidate who prays she wins, and does. God answered, Right? Why? Because the odds were in her favor. It had nothing to do with her prayer.
The above link shows the child hunger facts in America. 14 million kids live in food insecure households and will be fed by Feeding America, 3 million under the age of 5. Staggering numbers I would say. Luckily, the American people, not God, feed these children. And the other 2-3 million not able to be fed by this organization will be either, picked up by another, or go to bed hungry. God is not there, but most would say it is his will.
I may seem angry, because I am. The first thing I saw on FaceBook was how people were praying for the families, and God has a plan, etc.. Where was he an hour before? I guess with that last sentence I can end. There is not much more to say past that.
Clearly, a miracle was not witnessed today. Even though parents prayed for their kids well being when they dropped them off for the day. I will not pray for those affected. But, I will think about and mourn the loss of life. I will try to push the issue of human reasoning. I will try to push the issue of mental health in the USA, and the apparent cracks in its foundation. My heart is heavy, I want to hug my child……
I leave you with one last video…… This is how a Christian justifies this tragedy.