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Prayer

Prayer

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Published by glennpease
EDITED BY NATHANIEL MICKLEM, M.A.

THE use of prayer suffers in two ways from
lack of thought. It may be cozened into pleading
guilty to the charge that it is useless, and it may
be put to wrong uses.
EDITED BY NATHANIEL MICKLEM, M.A.

THE use of prayer suffers in two ways from
lack of thought. It may be cozened into pleading
guilty to the charge that it is useless, and it may
be put to wrong uses.

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PRAYER EDITED BY NATHANIEL MICKLEM, M.A.THE use of prayer suffers in two ways from lack of thought. It may be cozened into pleading guilty to the charge that it is useless, and it may be put to wrong uses. In the former it is attacked on both sides : it is challenged by the experience of unanswered prayer and by the assertion that in a law-governed universe prayer is impotent if not impertinent. Unanswered prayer is usually accounted for by assuming that, although God can do anything, He does not do the thing we ask either because we lack faith or because what we ask would not be good for us. But these proffered reasons oscillate between a tacit but inadequate acknow ledgement of the limitation of God (which they explicitly deny) and a more practical and serious self-contradiction.
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For if God does not answer our prayer because we lack faith, is it because without our faith He cannot do what we ask? If so, He is limited : if not, why does He make my good, and still more my friend s good, depend on my faith? And why does He not give me faith, if He can? 96 PRAYER 97 And how on this assumption are we to account for the observed fact that in certain regions of the spiritual and moral realm, honest prayer is regularly effective, while in certain regions of the physical answers to prayer have no greater frequency than coincidence might account for? Every Church war memorial is a monument of unanswered prayer, certifying that prayer that can be answered only by a physical miracle is not answered. Otherwise there would have been,
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markedly fewer casualties amongst the men who went from Christian homes than amongst others ; and also amongst the Christian homes we should have to regard bereavement as an evidence of more than ordinary lack of spirituality. Was there no faith in the hearts of all who now mourn? And what escape is there from these absurd and impious conclusions except on the understanding that God is limited in what He does? And the proffered alternative that God does not answer prayer because it would not be good for us survives examination no better, for though it might certainly sometimes be the reason, it is all the more obvious that there are cases in which it cannot apply. In this connection a great deal of irreverent and harmful nonsense passes for pious resignation. Some one we love is dangerously ill, and we are trying to win him back to life and praying for the success of our efforts. But if he dies and we say that God took him because it was best for both of us, then when we were trying to keep him alive
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