A reader struggles with scruples…

about prayer over at the Register.

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  • Marthe Lépine

    Mark, you have just answered a question of mine, through the Register, before I had a chance to ask it! When it comes to praying for others, I do understand that, whenever prayer is being asked, for example as you so generously do in your blog, there are probably a few hundred people, or even thousands if each one of them passes on the request to friends, family, prayer “chains”, etc. that get to pray for one particular intention during one particular, and probably short, time period, and the “wave” so created can often bring even tangible and visible results. But I have been wondering what difference does it make when, for example, upon reading about something really sad, or dramatic, I would take all of 30 seconds to say the Lord’s Prayer and then go on doing whatever I was in the process of doing (or continuing reading the news…) What difference does it make to the people killed in that landslide in your state a week or so ago, or to a planeload of people getting lost somewhere over the Indian Sea, that someone would take 30 seconds to say the Lord’s Prayer for them? I more or less know that saying such a prayer probably is good for my own spiritual life (a little like, as you have said before, who one person votes for may not make a big difference to the election results but does make a difference to the person having made the choice), but what does it really do to the person somewhere in the world for whom I might have prayed?

    • sez

      I imagine that we’ll spend eternity seeing the results of our little prayers. And wishing we’d prayed more.

  • AAW

    This is precisely what I needed today, though for different reasons. Thanks, Mark.


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