Does Jehovah Answer Prayers?

by Spade 17 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • Spade
    Spade

    People here have a fundamentally different opinion of what identifies a religion as true or false. Most people leave Christendom's churches because their prayers go unanswered and there's no evidence that God intervenes in their personal lives. Something that's never discussed here. Just about all opposers exclude Jehovah from the picture when casting judgments. It appears that the truth about the religion revolves around the acceptance or rejection of Jehovah because of what a person desires.

    http://www.watchtower.org/e/20091001/article_03.htm

    Roberto continues: “But I was determined to change my life so that I could serve God acceptably. I tried to fill my mind with positive thoughts from the Bible. I prayed fervently every day, asking God to give me the strength to clean up my life. I knew I could not succeed on my own. And I saw how Jehovah answered my prayers, especially when I felt demoralized after a relapse. I believe that God’s holy spirit gave me renewed strength; without his spirit I would never have overcome my addiction.”—Philippians 4:6-8.

    Like Isabel and Roberto, millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses have experienced the power of the holy spirit in their lives. Jehovah’s active force—the force behind the creation of the universe—can be made available to you if you wish. God is willing and eager to share his spirit with you if you earnestly request it. But to receive that spirit, you need to learn the truth about him and sincerely seek to do his will.—Isaiah 55:6; Hebrews 11:6.

  • leavingwt
    leavingwt

    George Costanza: "Jerry, just remember. It's not a lie. . . if you believe it."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn_PSJsl0LQ

  • tenyearsafter
    tenyearsafter

    To paraphrase a well known response to that question, "sometimes the answer is no!"

  • Satanus
    Satanus

    No, jehovah doesn't answer the phone, i mean prayers. People answer for him. In fact, jehovah doesn't do anything. It's always people doing things in his name. Should make a person wonder.....

    S

  • Hairyhegoat
    Hairyhegoat

    No cuz I did't win the lotterey 2 night inthe UK!

    HHG

  • Sharpie
    Sharpie

    I always think of it this way and all you others out there try to fine-tune this post because i'm kinda tired lol

    1. God hears all.
    2. If got hears all your prayers does he answer all prayers?
    3. He only answers meaningful prayers.
    -If you pray for "God will you help me in the lottery" - Will probably be a no.
    -If you pray for "God can you help me with this months rent" - Probably be acceptable.
    4. If got hears all prayers and answers few prayers he is infact hurting others meh

    omg i don't know where i'm going with this.

    Okay, but to get the the point, I'd like to think of it this way, if god helps you get a job, but doesn't help the person praying when their plane is crashing then he is infact responcible for that plane crash.

    -peace

  • shamus100
    shamus100

    KISS ME! :D

  • Mad Sweeney
    Mad Sweeney

    I saw someone excitedly post on another board regarding the new year: "Can't wait to see what God's going to do in 2011!!!"

    I was tempted to answer: "Same damn thing he does every year: NOTHING!

  • OBVES
    OBVES

    And when they pray they are inserting or are aware of these words while praying : not mine but Your will be done .If someone asked for something and it didn't happen the prayer of that person was answered : God's will was not to give that thing to that person.

  • GrandmaJones
    GrandmaJones

    I used to think so.

  • Aussie Oz
    Aussie Oz

    emphatic NO!

    thats Oz's opinion anyway...

  • shepherd
    shepherd

    Since he does not exist I think it might be hard for him to answer.....

  • WTWizard
    WTWizard

    God always stomps on your toes. If anything ever does happen in your favor, it is in spite of, NOT because of, the prayer. The exceptions are that he does answer prayers for his name, his tyranny, and his nefarious will--always in such a way as to minimize the benefit to you.

    And, I learned that the quickest way to PERMANENTLY lose any benefit is to give thanks to that Almighty Lowlife Scumbag.

  • Paulapollos
    Paulapollos

    "Most people leave Christendom's churches because their prayers go unanswered and there's no evidence that God intervenes in their personal lives. Something that's never discussed here. Just about all opposers exclude Jehovah from the picture when casting judgments."

    I might have misunderstood this, but is the above statement by "Spade" a joke?

    If not......what proof is there that "their prayers go unaswered and there's no evidence that God intervenes in their personal lives." Er.......and I suppose that is a scientific survey? Or the opinion of Jehovah's Witnesses, who of course are unbiased and have no axe to grind? There are hundreds of sects in India where disciples claim that they feel power and "spirit" flowing into them when they ask, enabling them to lie on beds of nails, to drink "poison", to handle snakes etc - is that God intervening? There are hundreds of people who state that in their religion, they broke free of addiction because God helped them, with power thru prayer, etc - or are there only drug/drink/gambling addicts in JW's? Let's be honest, thousands break free of addiction and make personality changes through the "power" of Alcoholics Anonymous - but that doesn't prove the AA is divine!

    Come on, the next thing will be that only JW's produce magazines like the WT and Awake - try reading the "Good News" magazine - it like the sister publication of the WT, except it is produced by those pesky Christians..

    Going further, how on earth does Spade's statement and the pasted article make any sense? There are stories in Mormonism, the Seventh Day Adventists, etc etc ad nauseam, where a person is praying for "help" and "the truth" and that specific religions "missionaries" or representatives knock on the door and it is interpreted as follows:

    1 - Person who prays - "There is a God because he answered my prayer by sending a religious group to me, and the religion who knocked on the door/spoke to me at the shops etc, is the truth because God sent them to me

    2 - Religious represntatives - "The fact we knocked on your SPECIFIC door after you asked that prayer is proof we are the right religion because God sent us to you, after you asked him for the "truth"

    But how can any of the above be true, when all these religions have these stories? Are they ALL the right religion? Is God listening to all the prayers and operating thru ALL religions? If not, how do you explain they ALL have these stories? Are some lying? If so, what is the proof they are lying and YOUR SPECIFIC RELIGION is telling the truth?

    I don't think "opposers" exclude Jehovah from the picture - maybe the fact that every religious group has these stories of "God's spirit helped me make changes in my personality, and I know because I FELT his power come over me when I asked" , as well as the ubiquitious "Annie Lennox/George Michael/Michael Jackson asked JW's/Mormons/Seventh Day Adventists, to leave their concert" as well as the "There was a spirit medium interviewed on Oprah/Montel/TenaPennyChatShowHost, and the host asked what the Devil and Demons are doing now, and the medium answered 'focusing on the children of JW's/Mormons/SDA/Disciples of the Cookie Monster, because they are the right religion'", means that people here just take these "God answers the prayers of JW's" stories with a pinch of salt.

    PP

  • Spade
    Spade

    "There are stories in Mormonism, the Seventh Day Adventists, etc etc ad nauseam, where a person is praying for "help" and "the truth" and that specific religions "missionaries" or representatives knock on the door and it is interpreted as follows:"

    Why don't you link to a story instead of making up your own. None-the-less, a person can make a personal inquiry into this and find out for themselves. There's no reason for a person to close their mind based on anything you've said.

  • Farkel
    Farkel

    : Does Jehovah Answer Prayers?

    That question is self-answering: yes Jehovah does. no Jehovah doesn't. Zero sum. Zero sum means NO.

    Farkel

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  • isaacaustin
    isaacaustin

    Alice.in.wonderland/Consfearacy/now Spade:

    "There are stories in Mormonism, the Seventh Day Adventists, etc etc ad nauseam, where a person is praying for "help" and "the truth" and that specific religions "missionaries" or representatives knock on the door and it is interpreted as follows:"

    Why don't you link to a story instead of making up your own. None-the-less, a person can make a personal inquiry into this and find out for themselves. There's no reason for a person to close their mind based on anything you've said.

    My reply: Went off your meds AIW?

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