My thoughts on prayer

I was pondering the subject of prayer and I came to some sobering conclusions. For millennia, long before the advent of the Judeo-Christian faith people beseeched a myriad of god-beings to gain their favor, be it in battle ,agriculture or other humans affairs and that continues to this very day. But I wonder if that those rains came or that victory in battle was realized, was it due to the favor of the Gods? Or was it due to regular, naturally occurring weather patterns and sound military preparation in conjunction with battle ready warriors?

Before I proceed, I need to state the ancients were in tune with many things and more intelligent than they have been given credit. All one needs to do for verification of this is to look at the Nazcla lines or the Great Pyramids in Kemet as two examples of structures that modern man can scarcely replicate, despite his advanced technology.

That same state of mind persists to this very day. For example, if a person is about to take a test and they pray to the deity of their choice and they do well on that exam. Is it due favor earned from their God(s) or because they actually learned the material, studied and that prepared them for success on the test?

Although some people,swear by the power of prayer, I have come to see the practice as a situational and emotional placebo, as well as very disempowering because it takes responsibility for a given instance away from the individual and puts it on a god-being. So although I have ceased attempting to win the favor of the God(s), I do not begrudge those who do. As for me I have decided to take that time people spending praying and use it to figure out a solution for the particular task at hand.

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