Post
Experience Project iOS Android Apps | Download EP for your Mobile Device

I Think Praying Is a Waste of Time and Energy

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 208 People

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 31, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Wata Dime

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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Praying Is A Waste Of Time

    I know I'm beyond praying for so why bother.
    Johndoe10000 Johndoe10000 46-50, M Oct 10, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Related Experiences

    Baby Daddy on Netflix helped made me realize that I am in love with a girl...but I'm not in love with her, I'm in love with the thought of her, of who I think she is. I haven't...
    MichaelAngelo669 MichaelAngelo669 26-30, M Apr 21

    Your Response

    Cancel
    If a guy or girl hits you and disrespect you it's time to move on It a guy or girl call your family names knowing your a family person it's time to move on Move on if you think...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F Apr 22

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Time to tune out for a little while. Time to turn on some music and get some stuff done. No time for explanation...    
    lovelywarpedlemon lovelywarpedlemon 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 22

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I will be thankful to frankie.
    Elleshore81 Elleshore81 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 7

    Your Response

    Cancel
    so......Good......um......bye
    thoughtless17 thoughtless17 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    This morning, like he has every morning for the last decade, my 86-year-old grandfather picked a fresh wild flower on his morning walk and took it to my grandmother. This morning...
    cluemisa cluemisa 18-21, F 6 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Is it really wasted time? We chose too, we chose for a reason. There was something we liked about them. Its just we feel cheated. Because maybe they didn't feel like we did. Or...
    WickedlilAngel WickedlilAngel 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 13

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Off and on for 7 years with my "soul mate" and ended it over two years ago because he wouldn't grow up, but still not over it?? I find myself continuing to beat myself up over it...
    GayManInTexas GayManInTexas 26-30, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Is it really wasted time if you learned something from the experience? We learn the most from our mistakes, even if the mistakes are other people.
    grumpykittie13 grumpykittie13 31-35, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    *things to remind myself to be grateful* Chance. Time. Energy. Fresh air and clear water. Nutrition and shelter. Body. Bones, brain, heart, blood, flesh, nerves. Hands to touch...
    eidolonnexus eidolonnexus 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 12

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Thinking sucks. Big time. My thoughts are ridiculously random jumbles of lonely, goofy, sarcastic messes. With over idolized fantasy landscapes of romantic encounters and no not...
    Sometimesilence Sometimesilence 18-21, F Apr 8

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I tend to overthink all the time. I can't put my mind to rest and lately it has started affecting me sleep pattern as well. I can't sleep much. I'm just thinking all the time...
    Imexhausted Imexhausted 22-25, F 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I actually think way too much! But those are the downfalls of being left alone all day. So what I do is i'll be thinking of a time I really really liked then out of nowhere that...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 10

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I love waking up to my dogs. It's hard to have a bad start to the day with them around. If I wake up before them it's freaking adorable when they come looking for me. Or when I'm...
    SuumCuique SuumCuique 31-35, F Apr 25

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It can certainly become the most lethal of Emotions. I'm not at all sure why I don't experience " jealously" at times or in similar circumstances where other people do. During my...
    Mmmcherries Mmmcherries 46-50, F 5 Responses Apr 10

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Black magic isn't a fake thing, most will never encounter it but most encounter people who drain their energy. That is what occultists refer to as dark magic. a noteworthy author...
    verndewd verndewd 41-45 Apr 4

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Sexual activity can be an energizing force in our lives, revitalizing our souls, health and well being. I admit that I have had sex without love, simply for the energy and ego...
    canelabunz canelabunz 51-55, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    The most beautiful thing about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. We humans really do squander the gift of the future. You see, the future is always a blank slate. You...
    iShined iShined 18-21, M 2 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    For me, every day counts. Every second of every minute of every day is important. It's up to me to improve myself. It's up to me to create my own futur. It's hard. It's damn hard...
    kevarth kevarth 18-21, M Apr 25