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I Don't Understand Prayer

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    Waste Of Time

    I, personally, don't understand the act of praying beyond the definition of the act. Almost nothing about it makes any sense. First, and foremost, I am agnostic theist. In layman's terms, I do not know of the existence of a higher power, but I believe there is at least one. In my...
    PandaReverb PandaReverb 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 3, 2011

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    Are All Prayers Answered?

    I've heard this phrase several times, in several different ways, but I wanted to hear some of the peanut gallery's thoughts on it: "God answers all prayers. Sometimes the answer is just "No"." [Ex] You pray for a new car. A Pinto Hatchback enters your...
    OFFthecuff OFFthecuff 22-25, F 6 Responses Mar 19, 2008

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    God Dont Give A Damn Of My Prayers To Him

    For the past 3 years, I have been suffering alot of injustices and cruelties of life. This particular person deceived me and make use of me for her own selfish purpose and in da end she left me forever never to find me again. She was cruel and heartless towards me. I used to...
    yazed yazed 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 9, 2010

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    How Does God Do It

    How does god do it ? How does he do it ? He answers all are prayers . How does he listen to all the prayers at the same time ? How does he answer all our prayers in a way . He never answers in his voice ? How does he know everything ? How do prayers help if god new everything ?
    harboraqua harboraqua 13-15, F Jul 8, 2010

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    I Think It's A Mental Thing...

    I don't actually think that prayer works in the way most people would think it to. If there is a God, I don't believe that by praying you are actually talking to him/her. I believe that by praying you are convincing yourself over and over again that you believe that there is a...
    ExclusivelyJess ExclusivelyJess 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 8, 2010

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    What's to Understand?

    When it comes to prayer, you either do it or you don't. It is all based upon your belief system. I am not talking about 911 praying where you promise not to do something again if God will just get you out of this one thing either. In my belief system I pray for God's will, not...
    cinfullynn cinfullynn 46-50, F 10 Responses Mar 18, 2008

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    Encouragement For You Who Doubt That God Is Attentive To Your Prayer

    God is very mindful and interested in how you feel, think, and what you say to Him. He loves us so deeply, like a father and friend. I will share a very personal and special moment that has changed my prayer life/thought forever. (Mind you, I have always questioned if my prayers...
    ProvWoman ProvWoman 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    I Think Prayer Got Miss Understood For The Need Of Inner Contemplation

    I Think Prayer Got Miss Understood For The Need Of Inner Contemplation *... And the Need for Meditation * (Introspection) *But to expect our need to "Talk to the "Unknown" (?) (I give it a chance, but Who's happy trying to "Communicate" One Way? Without Reciprocation?)Inner...
    ChakraSolipsismMGP ChakraSolipsismMGP 56-60, M Oct 2, 2013

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    I know I'm heard. That I've never questioned.

    What I don't understand is why my nightly prayer never is answered. Someday it will be answered, though. With each passing day, it nears. I look forward to that day
    Jpeavey Jpeavey 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 26

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    Related Experiences

    I've struggled. I've been depressed. I've been through counseling. I've moved to a new city and attended a new school. I've struggled some more. Got new friends and support from...
    artelutio artelutio 16-17, F 17 hrs ago

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    I don't understand. Like I just don't bloody understand. I can talk to perfect strangers without any hesitation. I can talk to anybody here without the slightest regard of self...
    heylookineededanameok heylookineededanameok 22-25, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I asked her calmly and politely if she could please not leave a bunch of clutter on the kitchen counters. Usually I just ignore it and end up cleaning it all up myself, but I'm...
    noodleloaf noodleloaf 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 28

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    I don't understand why when I talk everyone is quite like when they talk everyone talks and I think I don't fit. Why? And when I am sitting without talking everyone walks away. I...
    DrowningInPain2 DrowningInPain2 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 31

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    People add me and the friends are like woman with pictures of their bo00ody. And they just add me out of nowhere and I don't even know where did they find me from. And I don't...
    Artz4Life Artz4Life 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 13

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    Okay I understand it I just don't get the same call to arms to defend it. Perhaps if I was truly a Christian I would. By any means today I have youth group......and someone pointed...
    KateTheStraightedge KateTheStraightedge 16-17, F 6 days ago

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     Sometimes i feel like i just don't belong here , like i came from Mars and they forgot to kick me out . On Earth i learnt so much , i learnt that you might crack and you...
    AdventureHunter AdventureHunter 13-15, F Aug 27

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    There's this guy. We hung out the other day and he was really nice to me and all. I had tons of fun and he was such a gentleman. But then he tried to kiss me. Being the blonde I am...
    JustAskAnything JustAskAnything 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 8

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    I want to have self-control and self-discipline but it's something that I lack. I have so many wonderful ideas and plans but it seems like motivation fades when it comes time to...
    TheDiscardedImage TheDiscardedImage 36-40, F Sep 11

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    I can't understand why too many guys have a crush on me and they find me soo attractive, cute or whatever because tbh sometimes I just hate myself >.> why why why xD
    XxxxMemoriesXxxx XxxxMemoriesXxxx 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 12

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    This is only my opinion, I don't mean to offend anyone. I feel like the Bible is simply a guideline. A very outdated guideline. The Bible says so many things that don't apply to...
    LadyFranco LadyFranco 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 29

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    I don't believe entirely that sufferment and pain bring teach us much. I believe they do other thing way better: they hurt us, they kill our spirit. They hurt so much that we can...
    Fernandotavares Fernandotavares 22-25, M Sep 4

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    They don't see me. I'm a good student and i'm trying very hard to be one of the excellent students, but they just don't give me the chance. They have their favorites and there is...
    vailetking vailetking 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I'm a crossdresser (you could even possibly say "gender queer") I dress like a woman because I love women: I admire their form and their beauty. I like men, but I don't like the...
    necxo necxo 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    I have observed this from time to time - that on the internet - many gals would chat with guys - what makes a guy sounds exciting in the first introduction? or contact? if he ask...
    stephenrko stephenrko 31-35, M Aug 23

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    My laptop isn't new (I've had it since August 2011) and I'm not the kind of person who treats her things with love and care. It's been verrry slow for as long as I can remember, so...
    metaphornographic metaphornographic 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    Is it a defense mechanism? I really don't care for most people my age. They are so selfish and rude. Infact I'm a rarity I find myself caring a lot for people and going out of...
    bettygingham bettygingham 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 4

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    Best way to know if someone is lying to you?...Let him/her talk away...don´t interrupt...and you´ll see.
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 6

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    Just a ransoms thought since I met some random Jacka$$ today. What's the point of being rude to someone you don't even know? I'm sensitive, I can't deal with that. I ended up...
    ChanelLove12 ChanelLove12 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 8

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    Sometimes it bewilders me, how people intentionally want to make you feel stupid or mock you, despite asking a legit question. I understand there is an entertainment factor, but...
    EstuaryRivers EstuaryRivers 26-30, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Do you ever experience , something you know what really happened , something that you understand why it happened , but something that when your mind try's to really grasp it , it...
    DrackenP DrackenP 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 23

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    It has never happened to me- I have never fallen in love. I have been attracted to some girls and they turned out be minor crushes, but I never pursued those interests. I always...
    TheAverageIdiot TheAverageIdiot 16-17, M Aug 23

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    You can never understand a girl. Its really very complicated. Its the universal law. If you ask a girl for something they think we are Despo and If we didn't ask anything they...
    MarinerGuy MarinerGuy 22-25, M 8 Responses Aug 28

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    He's here and sometimes not. I understand we all have jobs. But of course pls remember somebody's thinking of you. Adddddddmmmmmm
    Elleshore81 Elleshore81 31-35, F Sep 11

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    Where have Parents priorities gone? Look at the rise in juvenile crime, the attitudes of Children towards their Adult peers have become almost like a role reversal but with the...
    ComePlayRussianRoulette ComePlayRussianRoulette 31-35, F 8 Responses Aug 30

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    If someone doesn't know how to love correctly can they end up hurting you?
    takiaa takiaa 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    Lately (meaning in the last few years) I have been seeing young people (meaning children in their early and mid teens) seemingly in horrible angst about whether they are gay or...
    cornbreadandsorghum cornbreadandsorghum 70+, F 1 Response Sep 5

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    Why do people tend to make relationships a center of their life? There are a lot of things going in our life, we can't just evolve our lives in a single person.
    ImNoPrincess ImNoPrincess 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 7

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    One thing that has always mystified me is why people line up in front of a store, sometimes days or even weeks in advance, to purchase some electronic gadget that’s about to...
    Rutterman Rutterman 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 8

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    It's turtles all the way down.
    Faust76 Faust76 36-40, M Sep 3

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    Seems basically all people when they hit their 40s become lazy and let themselves go, its sad to see and they just end up with their wife/husband without being in love, not livin...
    bruhbrian bruhbrian 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 24

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    Or do i. Are we lemmings. Trying to avoid being mlk or lennon. Saying we gave to charity. But never helping directly. Or investigating said charity. But barking...
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Aug 24

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    A good friend of mine has a early 20- something daughter and I recently had a conversation with her . I found it to be a bit disturbing . She was hyper-critical of herself. This...
    bugaboo2001 bugaboo2001 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 27

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    They are soo uncomfortable and for them to be in anyway bearable you literally have wear them to a point where your foot is shaped differently to other human beings. They make you...
    ChloeMaay ChloeMaay 18-21, F Aug 31

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    I wish I could get in his head and truly know what he is thinking and feeling.
    hasinalady hasinalady 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 2

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    How can someone tell you they love you til they are blue in the face.....but every damn action screams "I hate everything about you!"
    hansen7681 hansen7681 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 5

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    Why go such great lengths and money just to buy a shirt or accessories when you can buy something better and cheaper from another store with no names? Or at the end of the month...
    Artz4Life Artz4Life 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 7

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    The people im trying to get away from wont leave me alone. I need to distance myself from these people which only get me doing the wrong things
    tinieTempah tinieTempah 16-17, M Sep 7

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    More like most of the times. Idk either im happy or not. Idk why sometimes i cry and get sad with no reasons. Its not like im not being grateful with my life but i really really...
    saffaismail saffaismail 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 8