Pray for my fingers today! (or maybe God doesnt work that way?)
By The Horse
Pleasant Hill, California
January 14, 2017 12:24pm CST
I have two music gigs today and this evening, so my fingers will be tired by tonight. In my title, I joking ask you to pray for my fingers, but I'm not so sure that God responds to cause and effect prayers. A friend just lost her best friend. Of course we all prayed for her friend, but maybe we weren't praying for her to survive her cancer. Maybe we were paying for her last days here to be peaceful and filled with love. I've known people who prayed for something and felt disappointed when their prayers "weren't answered." Maybe "thoughts and prayers" work differently. Maybe they simply make the person being prayed for feel more comfortable--more loved. But love can increase oxytocin which reduces cortisol. And cortisol can undermine our immune system, so maybe there is some practical value in prayer for others as well. I dunno. What do you think?
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14 Jan 17
I don't necessarily view "God" as an entity with a personality--perhaps more like a universal force--so for me, prayers are perhaps one's way of focusing one's own contribution to that force. When I pray, though, I frequently talk to my mom.
• Pleasant Hill, California
15 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt Heh heh. Yes, both are done, and my fingers survived. I attribute it to all of the prayers and kind thoughts that were sent my way. Actually, the index, middle and ring fingers on my right had are "hella sore," as I hadn't played much bass recently, and played bass last night. My callouses are almost gone!
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Jan 17
You asked what I think, so I hope you're prepared. Prayer comes in all forms and fashion. Jesus said that where two or three are gathered, he's in their midst and he will hear your prayer. It doesn't matter what you pray for. Praying for your fingers not to be tired because you're playing a couple gigs is a good prayer to pray. Praying for your friend who had cancer is also a good prayer. Now consider what that prayer will do. God can take and completely cure your friend of that cancer. He can do that in two ways. One, he can cure her miraculously, and miracles are known to happen every day, or he can take her to himself, she would no longer be here with her loved ones, but she would be completely cured. No more sickness would ever claim her body. She would be pain free, healed of all her diseases. This is totally scriptural and if you want the verses, I would be happy to supply them for you.
• United States
15 Jan 17
I believe in prayer, but just feel sometimes , God has other plans, so like say you can pray the person is in not so uch pain or for the family. Prayers are answered but maybe just not the way you would want them to be ..
• Riga, Latvia
14 Jan 17
I think prayer can do a lot. It is also comforting to know that you can get in touch with the Lord through prayer. I will pray that your fingers are swift and sure that that afterwards they're not too tired. If you get a sudden burst of energy through your fingers it was the prayer I sent up
• Phoenix, Arizona
15 Jan 17
I believe in prayer and nothing is too small to bring to God. Just as you got through your gigs, think about this: just maybe, prayer helped it be more tolerable and gave you the strength to get through it. Sometimes, we can tend to think that we just need to pray about the serious things and that he only has time for those type of things. Since I believe that we matter to God, he cares about all of our lives. I think we may not know why God doesn't answer all our prayers. Sometimes, he may have a totally different plan. Sometimes, down the road we will realize why it was best that he did not answer our prayers and other times, we may never understand why they were not answered.
• Louisburg, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
Your words are very interesting. I'd never thought about prayer like that ... of course, I will from now on. I love to read things I've never thought about. I liked your words, "Maybe they simply make the person being prayed for feel more comfortable--more loved."