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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-05 08:47 PM
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47. Why Prayer Works
Prayer works because it serves to relax the person who's doing the praying. Similarly, if someone is sitting beside you praying (and you believe that prayer works) you relax just like you would if you were praying yourself.

No one who believes in prayer prays in a pissed-off mood. They enter a "reverent" state. Their heartbeat and breathing slow, their mind becomes at ease, they become one with (your deity here). And the longer they pray, the longer it continues.

Surprise, folks; relax for an hour or so a day--not "go out and shoot golf for an hour," not "go out and get ripped for an hour" but "sit on your ass and, for one hour, don't think about George Bush or the assholes at work"--and your health and general outlook on life will improve more than you can imagine. And this is what the little poems we call prayers are all about. If you pray the Rosary, you're gonna be pretty damn relaxed at the end of it. They know this. That's why they have you do it.

You don't even need a deity to get this to work. Look at the meditators. Cross your legs, put your palms up, close your eyes and say "om" for an hour or so. You will be as relaxed as someone who's praying to Jesus.

The distant prayers had no effect because distant prayers do not relax you. Only prayers prayed at your side, or by you, do this. (I could also point out that nowhere in God's job description is "switchboard operator"--he doesn't route prayers to their intended recipient. He can't now anyway--the Republicans have him too busy.)
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