It's 2005. What role does prayer play in your life? How and why do you do it?
If you have your answers to these personal questions ready go straight to comment and I am personally extremely interested in the answers. If you want to know more about my interest, read on.
• 64 percent said they pray more than once a day.
• 65 percent said their prayers relate to health.
• 56 percent say they most often pray for family members.
• 3.3 percent said they pray for strangers.
• 41 percent say that their prayers are answered often.
• 74 percent say that when their prayers are not answered the most important reason is that they did not fit into God's plan.
So I thought I'd bring those questions here.
Yes, these are all personal questions, so if you don't feel comfortable answering them, do not. And since I'm asking, I'll offer a little insight into my lack of religion.
Religion is not dead in America, in Mexico, in Belgium, in Senegal or anywhere else in the world. It produces awe, it produces great understanding; it produces community and a sense of collective and individual worth. A lot of good work is done in the name of religion.
For the purposes of my comments I won't dwell on the negative aspects of what religion has wrought or the merging of politics and religion (See Happy Easter, right?). That will, I'm sure, be taken care of in the comments. And that's great.
I have never knelt at my bed, pressed my palms with my fingers tight together and asked for or about anything. Therefore I have no concept about why there are millions of children and adults who do.