• Deo Johnsen posted an update 4 months ago

    Prayer actually has multiple purpose. Typically we feel of prayer as asking God to behave; once we pray we have been attempting to move God to behave. And sometimes prayer will, in reality, serve this purpose. We occassionally asks God for an active healing, and the man will heal. Sometimes we’ll ask God for food or clothing or rent money or mortgage money and He responds.More frequently, though, we ask God to intervene within our resides in our favor and that he doesn’t. As William Cowper writes, “Sometimes the light surprises a Christian while he sings” – sometimes, rarely, and definitely not at all times. A lot of the objections I have read or found out about prayer assume that the only purpose for prayer for inner peace would be to have God intervene on the behalf. The ones know that God doesn’t always (or even often) say, “Yes,” to the prayers. So getting God to complete things for all of us is perhaps not sufficient reason to pray. It is not a sufficient need to keep praying, since it doesn’t consistently work.But prayer can serve other purposes. Grief counselors tell us how the bereaved claim that telling the story repeatedly and over again of the way their family member died generally seems to ease the pain sensation from it. I’ve not seen any research this phenomenon but neurologically it’s wise. Neurologically, the brain store traumatic experiences, if they are sufficiently traumatic, separately from your remainder of our memories. They aren’t integrated with the remainder of our brain. We realize that repeating a memory safely, a different context, softens the difficult edges of such neurological separations. It builds new connections in the brain between where those memories are stored where the bulk of our memories reside. Each and every time we remember, the mind encodes the traumatic event as slightly less painful, because the pain is re-saved to disc, as they say, using the added comfort of the safe environment by which we have been remembering it. I think that repeating our grief repeatedly and over again performs simply that function for our brains.So consider prayer on this context. God is the ultimate safe audience, the Being of ultimate compassionate love. Repeating our cares and concerns to Him over and over again softens the emotional impact of these cares and concerns. So at least one purpose in asking God for things would be to arrived at some level of internal comfort, whether or not our situations change.Consider that organized religion and group prayer are social activities. When we express the worries of our life to a group, after which individuals with the group, or perhaps the entire group, actually pray about our concerns, we’re feeling validated. We learn that other people worry about the most important thing to all of us. We get practice at (at least) pretending that what is of concern to other people is essential to all of us also. We must wear no less than the facade for being taken out of entirely focusing on our way of life and caring about the duration of others. Then one with the enormous advantages of acting better than we are is the fact that sometimes, the acting leads to reality.