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Work vs. prayer

By Unknown. 2010. Various Images.

Comments (12)

1. Carin

Wow. What an unfortunate misunderstanding of the discipline of prayer. Prayer is not a substitute for work; it is developing a relationship with God to inspire and motivate one to work harder and to trust God to take care of the rest.

posted on April 7, 2010
2. Silver Bullet

Carin,

Prayer is talking to a magical, wish-granting, imaginary friend.

You’re lying to us and yourself.

What, for instance, would you say if I told you that prayer was developing a relationship with the fairy at the bottom of my garden? You’ve got no more reason to believe your statement than anybody has to believe that one. The fairy at the bottom of my garden is an imaginary entity until one can justify that the fairy at the bottom of my garden is real. Until you can justify that God is real,  I’m afraid you’re really just a victim of special pleading, wishful thinking…self deception.

Carry on or break the spell.

SB

posted on April 13, 2010
3. Marquez Comelab

”...trust God to take care of the rest”

There is nobody to take care of the rest if we don’t take care of it.

posted on July 1, 2010
4. Marina

uhhum… people trusted for thousands of years that god will take care of everything - just look around. What a mess!!! Time to start relying upon yourself

posted on September 1, 2010
5. suresh

Pray to MURPHY, that something doesn’t go wrong. wink

posted on October 11, 2010
6. Unholy One

“Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.”  ~Unknown

Looking back through history, prayer hasn’t seemed to work in our favor. So get off your knees, unclasp your hands, and get to work people! wink

posted on December 20, 2010
7. Stacy

What do the believers say when prayer doesn’t work?

They say, well, it must not be God’s will.

So if God’s will is going to be done anyway, what’s the point of prayer?

posted on July 19, 2011

you can’t get what you want if you don’t work hard for it…when you pray for something and just sit back and wait for something to happen..you’re just making a fool out of yourself..instead of keep on praying, just stand up and do something..we all have a good,strong pair of legs..might as well use them..

posted on September 19, 2011
9. stace

“Project Reason is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. The foundation draws on the talents of prominent and creative thinkers in a wide range of disciplines to encourage critical thinking and erode the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world.”

Hmmm Sounds like Scientific Knowledge and values isn’t anywhere in here. I think they should have used the word Philosophy instead of Science. Unless you mean the lack of education that has scientifically evolved out of the brains of some of these comments. Better yet, call it what it is “Religion isn’t reasonable and we are pissed off that everyone can’t see that!! group”

posted on September 26, 2012
10. Justina

You are assuming that God does not exist, therefore prayer is worthless.

posted on February 21, 2013

I’m with Carin and Justina on this one, prayer is having a conversation with the creator of the universe. When somebody prays under the assumption that God does not exist, then “Silver Bullet” has a good point. It’s like the same thing as trying to pray to a fairy at the bottom of the ocean. The only problem is, that fairy really ISN’T real while God IS. And prayer is NOT a substitute for work. God rewards our hard work. Even when “bad things happen to good people” (the person that worked their butt off got nothing while the person who hardly tried got rewarded in today’s society) In the end, everything WILL work out. Even during those moments that you can’t understand. Those days when you think you literally won’t have any money to live off of, after you have been trying so hard to find a job or earn money the right way, if you live your life in a manner that God would be pleased with constantly seeking after Him and trusting that He will take care of you. You pray AND work AND trust God, that’s when real change happens…it just takes time and faith.

posted on November 8, 2013
12. Barry

Give a man a fish, he will be fed for a day.
Teach him how to fish, he will be independent.
Give a man religion, he will die praying for a fish.

Prayer is a good excuse for not doing anything useful to achieve a result.

posted on March 14, 2014