The Effectiveness of Prayer to Jesus

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” —Jesus of Nazareth

Anyone who has ever been a Christian knows that not all prayers are answered. And when you bring the above Bible passage to the attention of your pastor or Sunday School teacher you are told, “What Jesus really meant in this passage is that he will answer anything that you ask…IF IT IS HIS WILL.” Isn’t it odd that the omniscient King of the Universe left out that important little caveat?

Praying to Jesus is no better than pulling the lever on a slot machine. Most of the time nothing happens (your prayer is not answered). But if you keep pulling the lever, over and over and over again, eventually you are going to win. And once in a great while, you are going to win really big—Aunt Minnie is going to recover from her end stage cancer.

Christians need to recognize that: If they pray about everything they wish to occur, they shouldn’t be surprised that sometimes their wishes do come true. But that doesn’t mean that their desires/wishes came true due to their prayers to an invisible deity. It was just random chance.



2 thoughts on “The Effectiveness of Prayer to Jesus

    1. Hi Alice. Yes, but just as with people who play slot machines, most of them never realize they are being played the sucker. The rare big win keeps them pulling the lever. Prayer and gambling are both games of chance that reward the “player” just often enough to keep them hooked.


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