INTRO: These are provocative questions meant to stir discussion. Please don’t over characterize me personally. I’m a facilitator of a discussion here. OK?
1. Would you tell a room full of atheists that your children are less likely to be involved in automobile accidents than theirs because you pray for them? If yes, on what basis? If no, why not?
2. Would you be willing to submit that claim or other claims about divine provision and protection to scientific verification by comparing two groups: one atheists, one praying Christians? In general, do you believe there is statistical evidence for a prayer answering deity?
3. Do you believe God gives us our daily bread because we pray the Lord’s Prayer petition? Do you believe he withholds daily bread from those who don’t pray it? What is your explanation to starving Christians in the third world who pray for daily bread but do not receive it in quite the same amount as Americans?
NOTE: I pray and I ask for prayer. I pray for the requests of others. But I do so because Jesus taught and modeled simple, childlike dependence on God that expresses itself in prayer to “Abba, Father.” Jesus is, as in all things, my sufficiency in prayer and my example in prayer.