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Seniors: Abusive Prayer Explained

Aug 1st, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Prayer is often a misused word and an abused practice. It seems to fall in the category of “wishing” for things, conditions, outcomes to work out the way we would like them to. Politicians have jumped to the prayer altar, extolling the need for and desirability of praying about issues and causes favorable to their point of view. Pastors and other “religious” zealots have called prayer into the fray to fight the demons they perceive taking over our lives. Individuals often rely on prayer to get them through some grave illness, calamity or another. Others see prayer as rescue, often asking for circumstances we could do something about to change, if we just would.

Abusive prayer is often seen as a fairy tale image of how a “religious” practice works. Pray for it and, like the lottery, you just may win. It is often perceived as a way to stimulate “miracles,” while requiring little of us. It has been used