Been thinking about it all day. I found myself agreeing (!) with the LTQ folk about the connectedness and intimacy of God....and how it seemed they were saying prayer isn't really so much about the outcome, but about the experience, the intimacy with God.
The guilt is about on one hand believing, trusting, having faith, and on the other hand not really believing prayers get answered, AND SAYING THAT OUT LOUD! I mean, isn't it somewhat about our perception? How we choose to see it that "it all worked out for the best," or "everything happens for a reason?" Don't we after-the-fact find a way to see it as a prayer answered...just not in the way we may have wanted?
So, I'm stuck about intercessory prayer. Stuck between "I believe in prayer," and "Prayer doesn't work."
I think I've pondered this for years. Doesn't it say something in Job about how when something goes wrong we blame God for not answering our prayers but when things go RIGHT we attribute it to talents, our effort, our luck, etc. but not to God??
In my guilt-yet-willing-to-look-at-it, I am pondering.....aren't I supposed to pray that "God's will be done?" anyway, and therefore what would my intercessory prayer be beyond that? --- dana