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I Think Praying Is a Waste of Time and Energy

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    I Don't Think Prayer Is a Waste, But...

    I don't think prayer is a waste of time and energy... I think praying to a god to make everything right for you, and not putting any effort in on your own part is a pretty big waste of time, though, unless it makes you feel better, and later you get up and do something...
    anthychan anthychan 18-21 1 Response Jul 22, 2009

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    And Money.

    I've always been grateful no one forced me to church or catechism classes when I was a child. I really had no interest in religion or prayer but am now rather fed up with having religion shoved down my throat. Separation of church and state was obliterated by Bush. He told us to...
    qazrazl qazrazl 41-45, F 18 Responses Feb 21, 2009

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    I Completely Agree.

    But as my DS told me one day There aren't any Athiest in foxholes. This leads me to my question even though you don't believe in god or prayer have you ever been in a situation where you were like what could it hurt! Hail mary and so forth
    skoal27 skoal27 22-25, M 18 Responses Apr 5, 2009

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    Complete....

    praying is a COMPLETE waste of TIME and Engry! I think it does nothing! I have prayed in the past, BEGGED god, to keep someone alive, asked him to help me forgive my father, never happened. I just have found that praying has done NOTHING for me, its just a waste!
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Oct 6, 2009

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    Not Always

    i disagree. i pray with my mother whenever she calls because she doesnt know i dont believe in god anymore. however, me praying with her does make her happy which makes me happy. Other then that you might as well be talking to a wall. has the same effect.
    caaz caaz 18-21 1 Response Feb 14, 2012

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    OMG IM LIEK SO RANDOM!! HAHA I LIKE COWS

    i think i accidentally a whole cocacola bottle. is this bad
    ibn11 ibn11 13-15 Aug 4, 2009

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    If Prayer Worked...

    Image by vjack via Flickr When someone claims that prayer works, the first thing we should ask is what the speaker means by "works" in this context. If I say that prayer works because...
    JojoWazoo JojoWazoo 46-50, F 30 Responses Feb 21, 2009

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    If You Have To Pray For Anybody

    Pray for yourself.You are the one who needs it the most
    JaxTeller55 JaxTeller55 56-60, M Oct 27, 2013

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    Thanks For Praying, But Did You Also Sacrifice a Goat?

    This story's title is taken from Dan Dennett's great article "Thank Goodness". You can read it here: http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/dennett06/dennett06_index.html There are some things in religion that simply make no sense. To me, praying is one of them. I think...
    VendettA12 VendettA12 31-35, M 41 Responses Feb 21, 2009

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    Praying Is A Waste Of Time

    I know I'm beyond praying for so why bother.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 10, 2013

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    I Am Sorry People Feel This Way

    To feel this way is basically saying I feel like God does not exisit or God does not matter. Just be careful because to talk like this is heading toward blasphemy, which there is no forgiveness. I love you all. God bless.
    crazyn3030 crazyn3030 26-30, M 9 Responses Oct 31, 2013

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    Nobody Is Listening

    Until recently, I believed in a higher power, an all knowing supernatural being. But I cannot ignore the fact that not one single prayer of mine has ever been answered. I used to pray to God for guidance, for help with financial issues, for just one friend to come into my life...
    Dragonhermit Dragonhermit 36-40, M 18 Responses Jul 25, 2010

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    Prayer Is Good.

    Prayer is akin to meditation. God hears and is wise enough not to give us all that we ask for. Remember, God does not promise us a perfect life. Only a perfect after life.
    retiredfather retiredfather 61-65, M 2 Responses Apr 12, 2009

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    A Good Excuse

    Prayer is an excuse for people to do absolutely nothing but still feel righteous. 
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters 31-35, F 10 Responses Jul 21, 2009

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    Hey, if it feels good, do it, just don't bother me with it.

    I'll respect your prayers , but I don't have to play along, and will not play "follow the leader" into the twin towers or to the new Inquisition...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 14, 2009

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    Wink Wink

    I am way drunk, so this is a good time for a story to go with this experience.  I had a habit of saying three prayers every night.  I would say the Our Father and Hail Mary with my father.  Then I would say a personal prayer.  I would talk to my stuffed...
    Krypton Krypton 31-35, F 15 Responses Apr 12, 2009

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    Duh?

    I think it's stupid.  I mean, can't he just hear your thoughts anyway?  Isn't it like the same thing?  Or does folding your hands and bowing your head somehow open a magical portal (which, magic is, of course, evil according to the Bible) to which...
    XCRevolution XCRevolution 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 20, 2009

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    What Waste Of Time?

    Prayer takes no energy. Prayer is the same as love. Love isn't a waste of time. Praying is loving. Be blessed by Love. God is love. I'll pray for unending love for all.
    overhome56 overhome56 51-55, M Oct 30, 2012

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    Do Something

    I think praying is a major waste of time and energy. The best way for me to express my irritation with this is probably to provide a list of my annoyances so as to not be incoherent. - If you believe in an omniscient god, he already knows everything that is going to happen...
    ChicaBee503 ChicaBee503 26-30, F 5 Responses Oct 31, 2013

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    It Is

    Praying can give you some "relaxation", but you can achieve that other ways too. The purpose of praying is to keep you low. Not knowing who you are. Disconnected with your very own HIGH SELF. I doubt if more than 1% of all prayers get answered. You can get...
    Thought1 Thought1 22-25 Nov 3, 2009

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    Praying Has Little Value

    I understand that praying would relax someone, if they have faith.  I don't believe in a god.  Praying would be 100% useless to me. I guess they like to say 'I'm praying for you' when somebody has a problem.  It shows they care, it helps the person with the...
    MeisterWolf MeisterWolf 18-21, M 6 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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    Well...

    it most definitely is a waste of MY time and energy, but i certainly cant assess the importance of such things for other people......but i can assure you at my house, theres no holding hands before dinner :) 
    antiyou antiyou 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 6, 2009

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    Wata Dime

    meh pwaid wanse an it neder dit gut, dey stal kil mah dag :(((
    yiffingyiff yiffingyiff 18-21 Jan 25, 2010

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    What Kind?

    The group doesn't specify... I'm assuming its supposed to be a prayer to a specific deity?
    TotalSolipsist TotalSolipsist 18-21 1 Response Jul 21, 2009

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    Is This Where All The Cool Kids Hang Out?

    I think that thinking about whether or not praying is a waste of time and energy is a waste of time and energy. Not to mention, bizarre.  
    fascad3 fascad3 36-40, M 1 Response May 11, 2010

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