Seconds in a day: 24 x 60 x 60 = 86400
It is fair to assume that all seven billion people pray once a day = 810,185 prayers every second.
Some prayers will conflict -> “Send rain” – “Keep it fine.” A decision has to be made.
People complain that this is far too many prayers to cope with – some say angels help. They are wrong, there is no biblical support for this. Catlix say Mary relays these messages – well, I know women can talk but even that is going some. So we can dismiss this.
God does it – your computer can do it, so God certainly can.
God has a plan.
If the prayer agrees with the plan, it is granted but it would have happened anyway.
If the prayer agrees with the plan but not just at the moment, it is delayed until it is the immediate plan.
If the prayer conflicts with the plan it is rejected/ignored.
We pray for hundreds of things to happen in the present and we note that they are, most all of them, granted, but the really big prayers for the present are rare: only those of the greatest faith even attempt them:
[In a bedroom of a house in which the son is in the final hours of a fatal illness]
Mother: “I pray that my son be restored to health.”
Son: [shouting from the other room] “Mother! I have never felt so well in my life! Where are my clothes? I need to repair my car.”
This is a miracle. It is a direct demonstration of God’s Power. It is exceptionally rare unless you attend Landover’s Services of Healing when Pastor Zeke gets into full flow. In one remarkable session in August 2010, the Godly Pastor raised three people from the dead – four if you count the one who had been knocked unconscious in the rush but was pronounced dead…. but I digress (albeit with justification.)
The Past Prayer I:
Usually, the prayer must be for something that has not yet happened because although prayers may require that physical laws are defied, some say they may not defy time. In the Atacama Desert “Make it rain tomorrow.” is a valid prayer but “Make it so that it did not rain yesterday.” is an invalid prayer. (It doesn’t rain in the Atacama, so that is just an example – you get my drift.)
You see how I wrote some say there? Listen up!
Past prayers are valid and this is how they work:
A: “I pray that it had not rained yesterday.”
B: “It did not rain yesterday, you are thinking of the day before.”
The effect of the prayer was either (i) to remove a delusion from the person praying or (ii) create a delusion in everyone else. (ii) is more difficult, especially if yesterday’s rain were torrential and caused damage and death. We see (i) as common, yet we cannot know if (ii) is a regular occurrence.
However, some theologians claim that the reason that there can be no real “past prayer” is that the past is the history of God’s plan – it is perfect, and therefore should not, and cannot, be changed.
They forget the obvious: Although we think we are experiencing “God’s Perfect Plan” – If our brains are sent a new message from God, then that message becomes “God’s Perfect Plan” and what we thought was reality was a delusion.
The Past Prayer II:
Prayers are nevertheless said for a past event, the outcome of which is not known:
“I pray that my wife has survived the hurricane that has just torn through the town which she was visiting.”
Like Schrödinger’s cat, before news reaches the praying husband, his wife is in a state of superposition – both alive and dead and remains so until, for the husband, the probability wave collapses. However, for those who know the state of the wife when the prayer is said* there is either no need to pray (she is alive) or no point (she is dead.)
Such a prayer is not really a prayer, it is simply a malformed request to God to let you know the outcome – which He does in the usual way – a telephone call from the police.
I hope this has helped.
* The probability wave has already collapsed for them.
Mary Etheldreda (09-02-2016 04:40 AM): Thank you, Pastor, for this very insightful look into just how prayer works. It's amazing to me to see atheists harp on and on about God not answering prayer, God not fixing things, or God not caring enough ...
Cranky Old Man (09-02-2016 05:22 PM): Thank you for this explanation. Matthew 21:22 tells us that God answers all prayers of those who truly believe, so when I prayed for Obama not to be our president, and Obama became our president, I concluded ...
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