For those who think god has answered your prayers:
How do you explain the vast majority of prayers that are never answered? Is it that you are so special god will suspend the Laws of The Universe to accomodate your wishes and dreams while ignoring everyone else?
Or is it that the majority are just not worthy of having their prayers answered?
You cannot have one without the other. If you want to hold fastly to the idea answered your prayers, then you also have to explain why your god chooses to flat-out ignore the rest of humanity.
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" -Epicurus
Here is an attempt at my answering you.
We all owe God one death. No one gets out alive.
God and Prayer is a coping mechanism.
50% or more of my prayers were not answered.
But if you bat 500 in the major leagues, that is unheard of.
That is beyond being a superstar.
I dont embrace that particular writing of epicurus.
I prefer "eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we may die", which I am pretty sure he knicked from Solomon based
on the dates of writing.
I suspect that we are all part of God we came from God so we are doing this to ourselves.
In this phase of our experience everyone, every part of God has free will.
This is not scientific these are just my theories about what is happening to us.
And these are theories that I cant prove.
But like George Karlin says if you pray you can get what you want 50% of the time.
How often do you get what you want when you don't pray?