When Has God NOT Answered Your Prayer?

 

The readers of this blog have been extremely helpful as I’ve worked through issues around prayer, in preparation for my next book, Why Pray? Thanks to those of you who answered Do You Pray? and for those who told me about a time when God Answered Your Prayer. (Those are still open, if you’d care to contribute.)

Now, I’m interested in hearing When God Did Not Answer Your Prayer? And also, what you did with God’s non-response? That is, how did you reconcile your understanding of God with God’s silence in the face of your request?

Stop Praying In Church

Aloud, that is. That’s my contribution to the Pomomusings series, “(Re)Imaging Chrisitianity:

This post is part of an ongoing blog series on Pomomusings entitled “(Re)Imagining Christianity.”

What is one belief, practice or element of Christianity that must die so that Christianity can move forward and truly impact the world in the next 100 years?

What is one belief, practice or element of Christianity that we must hold onto and live out more fully so that Christianity can move forward and truly impact the world in the next 100 years?

I’m going to keep this brief: I think that we should stop having spoken prayers in worship services.

Read the rest of my post here: Tony Jones on (Re)Imagining Christianity – Pomomusings.

Taking Prayer Beyond Cause and Effect (#WhyPray)

I’m hard at work on a book about prayer. I’m trying to establish a reasonable, rational explanation of why we should pray. About what prayer accomplishes. About what effect prayer has on the Divine.

One of the things it seems I have to get over is my very human predilection to understand things by cause-and-effect.

I’m not the first one to tackle this, of course. David Hume thought a lot about cause-and-effect, including this famous billiard ball analogy:

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Why Pray?

Noah prays, from the catacombs in Rome (WikiCommons)

Today, I’m starting a new book.  It’s tentatively titled, Why Pray?, and it’s going to be my attempt answer this question for myself.  It’s a question that, quite honestly, I don’t have an answer for.  I hope that by the end of writing the book, I will.

If you pray, you’ve probably got an answer.  I’d like to hear it.  You can comment here, or in subsequent posts.  You can answer my questions on Facebook.  You can tweet me an answer using the hashtag #whypray.  You can also join and follow the story I’m building using Storify.

Truly, I’d love your help. Thanks.


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