What prayer can do
Prayer can do amazing things for believers. Let me repeat that… Prayer CAN do amazing things for BELIEVERS.
Prayer can calm people down and give people a sense of “control” in an uncontrollable situation.
Prayer can heal (as a placebo effect, of course, but placebos are often excellent ‘medicine’).
Prayer, like meditation, can help people determine what they really need and want.
Prayer, especially group prayers, can bring people closer to together.
Prayer, and knowing people are praying for you, can bring comfort and peace.
Here is what prayer CANNOT do:
Allow you to address, petition or communicate with a deity.
Pray all you want on your own. Offer prayers to other believers. Talk about your prayers if you must. But when you say only “I’ll pray for you” to a non-believer, you not only offer none of the “benefits” believers receive from prayer, you literally offer nothing. Nothing.
So… what DO non-believers want/need? Here are some options for you:
1) Offer to be there - provide an ear to listen or a hand to hold or arms for a hug.
2) Basic needs - food, clothing, shelter, a care basket, donations.
3) Ask - what do you need? What can I do?
Simple as that. ~JJ
Reblogging myself as this is extremely relevant again. DEAR THEISTS: PLACEBOS DON’T WORK IF YOU KNOW THEY ARE PLACEBOS. Grr. ~JJ