When I first started this blog I was determined that I wouldn't talk politics or religion. I'm about to cut that determination to the quick. Mostly because it just pisses me off!
I'll pray for you....
I read in another blog (http://whattotelltheneighbors.blogspot.com) a statement that pretty much sums up how I feel - "When people go out to their way to say , "I'm praying for you," to an atheist, do they realize it sounds pretty much like "F*** you," only with more syllables?"
There have been more than a few studies, some of them with an effort towards double blind, that have all been mostly inconclusive. Inconclusive because depending on who you talk to they either prove it works or prove it doesn't work. It's either "God knows he's being tested" or "He works in mysterious ways" or the best one "He must need them in Heaven"! To me it just proves it's all wishing on a star.
I find it neither a happy event nor a proof of prayer working that God has provided you with anything that you have asked for. Why on earth would he provide you with a new job, a car, more money, happiness, food, etc., if he can't even alleviate the suffering of so much of the world. This only shows me that prayer is a selfish device. Two reasons. The obvious, you're praying for yourself. The other not so obvious. Even if you are praying for the poor starving children in Africa or that cute little boy that has cancer the only thing it's doing is making YOU feel better. In actuality you are doing the same as nothing.
If you really want to help the poor starving children in Africa, then find an organization that is actually DOING something and donate. Better yet, go there yourself and donate your time. If you really want to help the cute little boy that has cancer, then donate to cancer research or donate your time to a children's hospital or offer to help the family. Prayer, no matter how many people are doing it, has not curbed hunger or cured cancer or righted any of the myriad of other wrongs in the world that God has so graciously given you a "blessed" corner in.