The 'Prayer' test

  • Do your children assemble themselves at regular intervals to recite thanks for your parentage?
  • Or does each child feel free to spontaneously celebrate his/her special bond with you? 
  • Must your spouse read from prepared script when discussing household needs or seeking familiarity? 
  • Or have you and your spouse developed a special intimate knowledge of each other? 
Ok -- those are trick questions. You know you're dysfunctional if the first and third questions resemble your life, but if the second and fourth responses are more apt, then take heart; you're likely doing well.

But if anyone thinks prayer is ultimate communication with God, then one wonders why people pray—are taught to pray—to God in the first and third dysfunctional, instances?

God is not a taskmaster to be beseeched but is our model parent. So from this understanding, the observer then started to question why we are taught to approach God so formally? And on his mind were several questions all begging answers -- starting with wondering that if God really answers all prayer as the church insists—
  • Then why aren't most people rich? 
  • Why aren't the prayerful either healthy or on large disability pensions? 
  • Why don't they have the best cars? ...the best homes? ...enjoy wonderful families? 
  • Why aren't others going to their church/mosque/temple or voting for their candidate?
  • Why don’t their men have the largest penises; the women infinite orgasms? ...etc., etc. 
Then and now

Now in earlier days, prayer was simply a word used to describe giving God your decisions.

But since the church has formalized prayer into format now used to summon magic posing as God's holy miracles, the observer wondered if all over-prayer is due to people's simply hoping for the best, or pretending that God likes them. Because ritualistic prayer is something the Son-of-God told us not to perform.

Haven't we occasionally seen people in public places break into sudden prayer so passing gentry can regard them as godly and maybe toss a few dinar their way? We all secretly know such people are simply being vain, but don't we often play along? We shouldn't, y'know.

Joshua the Son-of-God noted how the Rabbis of his day loved the admiration others would heap on them, telling apostles that those rabbis would get no more from God than that.

So imagine the observer’s fascination at seeing the scenario replay itself in a hotel lobby 2,000 years later, knowing that the modern-day rabbi, eager to receive adoration, was getting his only reward ever. That when the observer understood man's desire to receive prayer.

Don't give it to  them.