If you truly do not believe in god, there would be no reason to pray.
It would be the same as if have done everything you can scientifically and religiously, but nothing works, so will you pray to Zeus? You don't believe
Zeus exists, so why would you pray to him?
Although, I'm sure some would resort to praying as an act of desperation.
Longtime lurker here. Hi!
I'd decided to finally join the forums after reading the OP's questions because I wanted to say basically the same thing, but you beat me to it and
said it better than I probably could have.
Also, I agree with what someone else has mentioned; it seems a wee bit bizarre to be asking for help from the person/deity/whatever you call it who
apparently put you into this awful situation to begin with, don't you think? It kind of reminds me of how some serial killers apparently try to get
involved on the investigation side of things for the crimes they've committed themselves. Creepy.
I actually was in a similar situation as a child. Well, not that I'd experienced any tragedy or anything at the time, but basically, long story short,
I was a very anxious little weiner kid who was afraid of everything(my life was pretty sheltered), but mostly afraid of water(and balloons but that's
a different story
). My dad was out for a visit(he lives on the other side of the country) and everytime he was in town he liked to eat at this
little restaurant on the pier. Their fish and chips was good apparently.
Anyways, it was a ridiculously stormy day and as soon as I stepped out over the water some waves(or maybe it was the wind?) caused the part where I
was standing to sway. Que panic attack.
Luckily for me though, there was a group of 6 men who came over and introduced themselves as missionaries; they assured me that "god" has a "plan" for
me, and that the water couldn't hurt me. etc. I looked up to my mom and dad and sister and they were standing maybe 10 feet behind this group quietly
giggling. Thanks family! Don't try to save your kid from weirdos or anything!
They joined hands in a circle and didn't even ask/invite me to pray, they just each grabbed my hands and looked down and started doing some weird
prayer/blessing thing. They wouldn't let go. I didn't close my eyes and bow my head like they did, which the guy who was doing most of the talking
seemed to notice at the end as they all said "amen" and looked at me like I was supposed to say it too.
I shrugged(I was like 12), said thanks, told them I appreciated their concern but I'm not religious. I was very young and didn't want to offend them.
I actually did kind of appreciate the concern but the whole situation was just weird and awkward, if I found myself in a similar situation at this
time in my life I wouldn't let it get that far. My first instinct after reading the OP was that if I were in either of those positions, I would tell
them that they can go ahead but I will not be joining in. I have no need to.
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