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Does Prayer Really Make a Difference?

Before the football game, the two opposing quarterbacks both pray for victory. One team wins, the other loses. The winning quarterback thanks God for helping his team win.

Did prayer have anything to do with the outcome? Do prayers really make a difference? Can prayer (or meditation) change the outcome of an event? Or are we just talking to ourselves?

What do you really believe?


 

Ambaa

Ambaa

The idea of petitioning the Gods for a particular outcome feels very "off" to me. After all, my understanding of the universe is that it runs in perfect harmony with absolute justice. Actions have natural consequences and everything that we experience was a part of our fate to help our souls grow. Where does changing that narrative fit in? Why would begging change what happens in the world? 

Frank Weathers

Frank Weathers

Prayer is not about making wishes.

Najeeba Syeed-Miller

Najeeba Syeed-Miller

For me prayer is not a battle cry; rather it is a call to my higher self.

Elizabeth Nordquist

Elizabeth Nordquist

Prayer is a relational interaction with the Holy One.

Ruby Sara

Ruby Sara

Depends on what you mean by "prayer." And "make a difference."

Renetta Burlage

Renetta Burlage

The power of prayer is amazing.

K.C. Hulsman

K.C. Hulsman

There is no such thing as an unanswered prayer.

Crystal Lewis

Crystal Lewis

Prayer is a state of constant communion with God.

Chris Highland

Chris Highland

I prayed my way to the end of prayer.

John Crawford

John Crawford

Prayer is less about events than about the way we respond to them.

Students from Emory University answer the question "Does Prayer Really Make a Difference?"

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