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The Point: What Prayer Is. . . and Isn’t


What about unanswered prayer? For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

In the arise of the shootings in Las Vegas and Southerland Springs, Christians prayed, but utterly a few atheists motionless that hoax was the best response.

“The murdered victims were in a church,” tweeted one renouned atheist. “If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive…”

Prayer-shaming is vile, as we pronounced recently on BreakPoint, but what about those unanswered prayers? Don’t these atheists have a point?


Well, no. Prayer isn’t a sorcery spell, and God isn’t a genie. We can’t make Him do whatever we wish Him to do.

Prayer is a review with the Heavenly Father. He wants to hear from us, and He promises good for us, but He doesn’t guarantee to give us anything we wish or to forestall all bad from happening to us.

In fact, the best Man who ever lived once asked God in a garden, to “remove this crater from me…nevertheless, not my will but yours be done.”

The Father listened His Son’s prayer. But appreciate God He answered it in His time and His way.


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