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Do wishing and praying work?
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It's called the Law of Attraction.
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It does, perhaps not on your timeline, but when it is the right time. It has always worked for me. (praying that is.)
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Wishing and praying doesn't have to work.

It's just that you give hope to someone: that is the intention of praying and wishing.
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Juissismi wrote:

Wishing and praying doesn't have to work.

It's just that you give hope to someone: that is the intention of praying and wishing.


Such intentions are great but we are having this discussion right now. However benevolent one's intentions may be, praying and wishing are done and advertised with the conviction that they do work. People here and there, whether they believe such things work or not, push their assertions unto others fervently, usually without justification.

What you said is great! I like what you said. I don't pray or make wishes myself, nor do I believe they work, but many of my friends do, and sometimes it makes them stronger. But I can't leave it at that. There are people I care about that pray and when the things they ask of don't come to pass, they feel that there must be something wrong with them, despite the "yes, no or wait" assertion.

I don't know whether or not praying or wishing work. And since I take part in neither, part of me would be fine if the answer was never found. But for the sake of those that take part in either of the two activities in question, another part of me would really need a reliable answer.
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Mr. Bluerunner,

What if the actions God would take to prevent evil, would in fact be a greater evil?
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I like to think that wishing and praying work, as I find the idea comforting, though it may just be wishful thinking on my part.

That said, I think that it's normally better to act as if it doesn't work. If I do my best to achieve something that I want, then if my belief that wishing can work is wrong I won't fail for lack of trying.

I also believe that whatever power is behind the universe rewards effort, so only by giving it my all will I get any help from said power.
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In my experience, whether the answer is yes or no, and how satisfied you are with it, depends a lot on what you mean by, "Work".

If you mean, does it solve situations by themselves? Normally not. Especially not if there's still much left that can be done by human effort. Still, the great majority of what we depend on are by no means absolute - there is no end to the unforeseen circumstances that can help, hinder, or even end our efforts.

If you mean, does it improve situations? I find it normally does. Though I'm speaking of praying, not wishing. Praying isn't just hoping or thinking about what you want... it's bringing your focus away from yourself, and your situation, to God and the larger context of everything... it is giving up ultimate control of the end result, and begging aid.

In the end, I find that prayer frees me to do what I can do as best I can do it, and accept that I cannot fully control any situation... and it also helps me refocus. I find that if I pray sincerely, I have more focus and energy to do whatever it is I'm doing, or occasionally find courage to face a situation that frightens me. And I often find that God turns me around toward what I ought to be doing, rather than what I'm attempting to do.

Very occasionally, I'll get some very, very, VERY uncanny assistance. But of course, it's not as though God signs & dates the answer. However, I have almost never found prayer to work as an ALTERNATIVE to action, as a means to *avoid* a difficult situation, but rather as something to improve my action's results, or to face a difficult situation well.

God bless!
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This has nothing to do with "religion".
No, you can't make what you want to happen...happen,by praying. Because God has a will and he has his plans for your life, whether you get there the way He would please or not. But if you are following him and striving to do as he would want you to, then you WILL get there,and you will be abundantly blessed.

Want to know straight forward what prayer is, prayer is simply communicating with God...talking to him...with him.

Praying is parallel to a young child talking with his Father. No matter what, the father is going to do what is best for the child,and whatever he does will be out of love. The child may ask for something, and father will listen,but that doesn't mean he will just let the child do something harmful to them,even if the child NEVER understands why He didn't let him have his way or do something that doesn't look harmful from the outside.
Our heavenly Father ALWAYS knows what is best for us and even if we never see why God led us the way he did, we are better for it and it is the best possible road we could have taken.(as long as we are serving God and letting him lead us in every area in life)

It's even similar to marriage...if we never speak to our spouse or never listen to anything our spouse might have to say to us, our marriage relationship will quickly deteriorate. It is the same way with God. Prayer—communicating with God—helps us grow closer and more intimately connected with God.

Yet,prayer is always a good thing, there is nothing wrong with asking God for anything,even if it means he won't give you your way.
Never be discouraged if your prayer "isn't answered". Also know that if you ask Him for something for selfish reasons(with hate,resentment,or anything not of God) in your heart,He will NOT answer. But even if you do ask for good reasons, that doesn't mean you will get what you want. Remember....God knows best!! ALWAYS!!!


P.S. I know I say "doesn't answer" but I guess I mean... sometimes the anwser is no

Please never lose trust on God,
God bless....go watch anime
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I don't believe in God, but I pray to him all the time, and tell him that I'll believe in him if he makes it come true. It doesn't work very often, but on the odd occasion it does, I tell him to fuck off. What a sucker.
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-Vega- wrote:

Yes, it does work. More and more of my thoughts are becoming reality.


Can you wish me an In-N-Out burger, animal style, please? I'm hungry.
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No, it doesn't.

But tell that to 80% of Americans who believe in the old guy living in the sky theory.
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no. do things yourself, reward yourself for your own accomplishments.
asking a greater power = useless
and wanting without doing = nothing's gonna happen.
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wwe wrote:

How often do you pray or wish for something and it really came true? Do you think wishing and praying really work? Whats one thing you really want to wish for and hope to get it?


I'm way too lazy to read all these posts to keep up with the conversation going on, but I'm going to respond directly to the initial statement.

I don't pray or wish for things as I see no point to it. The acceptance towards one's words in prayer I believe is more of an energy thing than a holy or god like device happening. I eyeballed someone mentioning the Law of Attraction...it has a huge thing to do with how the universe seems to work on some level but steps are always needed to guide you. The factor of other people going after the same dream also has an affect I believe too. There is always a loser in certain situations but it's affect can be both positive or negative depending the person and their circumstances. But life itself doesn't care what's on your mind or what problems you are facing; it doesn't work like that. It follows the guidance of your emotions and thoughts combined.

A Small Example: (Skipping out tons of details but you see where I am getting at)

I wanted to play guitar, so I picked one up.
I wanted to play in a band so I practiced guitar and found other people who like music.
I wanted to record my band, so I learned how to do it.
I needed to make money so I used the above skills and I freelance compose for people.

^ All of that happened over the course of 10 years and I day in and day out work hard at it but I never let my mind's negativity get the best of me because that will cause nothing but further doubt and the quality of my work will definitely show. We all have to make our own future by designing it ourselves. It's the conviction and positive emotions that will take us there. But it requires the mind, body and soul all being on the same page.

A lot of people will see it as garbage to take in or some type of nonsense spewed by someone who has done too much LSD but if you think about it, apply it and witness the results you will see a difference in your day to day life and it requires no church, spending money or worshiping God through an organized religion. But some of the things involved in religion promote some of these positive energies and we often confuse god for it being coincidental with the fact of your actions. Being grateful for example, just doing this alone can bring good tidings to a person just because of how people seem to naturally deviate when they reach that mindset.

I am definitely writing this up really quickly and not touching on a lot of things I'd probably talk about in a personal conversation but if you are interested or would just like to share ideas please feel to reach out for me.

I've spent a lot of time, years and deep thought into life and it has given me some interesting results to pull useful information out of.
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This is a good example of how well "prayer" works.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/oregon-faith-healer-parents-probation-sons-death/story?id=17273845
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