“Is Prayer so much Foolishness?” by Andrew J. Schatkin
For many people, perhaps those of a totally secular mindset and atheists and agnostics, prayer or seeing someone praying may be seen as so much foolishness if not nonsense. They may say and entertain the opinion and view as they look at this person praying, ‘just what is he saying and doing?’ when the prayer speaks in apparent darkness to someone who has no visible presence and who does not actually speak to them and who they are talking to some sort of person who really and quite simply is not there. And so many will conclude in our increasingly secular and materialistic society and system, ‘just what is going on here with an unseen person or presence?’ It seems to the observer of the prayer that I cannot accept and put belief in what I cannot see and hear. I can believe in the surgeon that operates and cures me of my sickness and the lawyer that saves me from jail and a large fine, but not in what is so much mumbo jumbo to me. I say this in response to these words and arguments: There is a mystery to our lives: who we are, where we are going, why we are born, why we die, and what is the meaning of our lives as we live our lives? Prayer is an attempt to understand and penetrate this mystery and grasp with the unseen god what is occurring. Prayer is an acknowledgment that there is a great deal more to the mystery of life than eating drinking, entertainment, and casual sex. Prayer is an attempt to penetrate the mystery that surrounds us. For me, prayer is knowing and coming to know Jesus. For others it is different; but in all cases the reality and mystery is sought in prayer to be known of life and death. None can ever in this life arrive at some semblance of the truth, but prayer is the way perhaps to do so and become more the person we were meant to be.