One million people, wrap your head around that for a second. Equal to that of a major city or small nation.
If everyone in this image collectivity thought about solutions to problems and acted productively, think of the progress they would make.
The above image is from the Facebook group The World, sadly a group that doesn’t research too deeply before posting images it finds of the world, so whether or not this is one million people in the country of Thailand is anyone’s guess.
If there was just one individual outside of the above temple and prayer was indeed effective, there would be evident results. Gunfire would be drowned out by birdsong. Weaponry would litter the streets, freeing hands for aiding others. Despite such an incredibly vast expanse of people mutually begging for a more peaceful world, there will still be war. I will still hear of a suicide bomb this weekend, shattering lives forever. Discrimination, bullying, corruption and disease will still plague our existence.
Prayer doesn’t work, folks. Another day pretending it does is another day wasted.
Little things we experience throughout our lives help create an illusion that prayer works. For example, we all have months in which we struggle financially. It might be your most common prayer, to have a little financial relief once in a while.
Let’s face it, Jesus isn’t going to write you a cheque in front of your very eyes, but why not? If you are to believe in the power of miracles, why is this perceived to be so farfetched? Instead, we fool ourselves into believing our £50 scratch card win or that a crumpled up twenty quid note in the dirty laundry pile is a sign that God is looking out for us. I have no idea why he would choose such indirect methods, do you see why this sounds so strange to the non-religious?
I have a good friend that asked everyone to pray for her sister recently. The sister had to have emergency surgery. Thankfully she was okay, my friend declared how truly blessed her family are.
Blessed? Not really. I would say those that do not need emergency surgery have been blessed a little more. And how much would the condition have worsened had she not been attended to by specialists? I am yet to see a family rely solely on prayer to overcome serious illness.
If you stopped praying, your life would probably play out the same way as it did yesterday. A little misfortune at times, a little bit of luck here and there. This isn’t a daily battle between a God and Satan as to who controls your life, despite the fact that you might have been taught just that. It’s just the nature of uncertainty.
What might be your lucky day may be the most unlucky day of all for someone else. You may thank God after miraculously escaping death from plane debris raining down around you, but what about the victims?
No matter how thankful you are, there are still millions more that do not get any such relief from pain and poverty. You could be one to say ‘oh well’ and shrug off a difficult question, or be one to question what kind of God would pick and choose where to intervene in such a way.
Looking around me, the supposed day to day interventions do not prioritise the weakest and most desperate for help. Don’t be thankful, be critical.