Prayer and is God your puppet?

"Prayer Puppet" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Prayer Puppet” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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This is how many people view prayer, although they might not realize it. If they pray for something and fully expect an answer but it doesn’t happen, they think…

  • something is wrong with the puppet (God says no, or doesn’t hear, or has a better plan);
  • the strings (the words, posture, timing); or
  • the puppeteer (their lack of faith or selflessness or intention or clarity).

This is magical thinking.

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1 Response

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    David: well said. I have never been able to explain prayer … but your example of ‘ God, strings, or puppet master’ does remind me of what I believe prayer is, at some deep level.

    I now lean towards prayer being ‘me entering into the oval office, and discussing my concerns with the President’. There are no guarantees, the President has a different world-view than I, he hears me, he respects that I took time out to visit with him (and vice-versa)’…. but even this analogy fails.

    God is not human. God is above time.

    Perhaps I shall have to rethink prayer, once again.