You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it." Matt 21:22Did you have faith?
You see, this is what drives me nuts. This is pure idiocy. What you are doing is first assuming God exists and is capable of answering every prayer (without evidence) and then using the answer of the prayer to determine whether or not enough faith was present in the person who prayed. If God says no, then you didn't have enough faith. If God says yes, then you had enough faith. But this is something you can do with any object or postulated being. Only a fool would fall for this trick. Just watch the milk jug video.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matt 7:7did you ask, seek, knock on the door?
So now we aren't knocking hard enough or looking hard enough? See the above response.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4Were you delight in the Lord?
So now I have to have faith, knock correctly, and delight in the lord... whatever the hell that means.
Isaiah 30:19 O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.Did you cry for help to get PRADA purse?
Dear Lord. Please eradicate cancer. Thanks.
Selfish enough for you? Are you going to say no one in the history of the planet has had enough faith in God to get a positive response to that one?
How would you explain it, however, if I were to pray to wake up tomorrow morning and it actually happened? I have no faith, and I don't know how to knock on the door properly, so you say. Yet God answered me with a yes? How do you explain that? Think it through.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears uswas PRADA purse according to his will?
Why do you make it sound like all we ever want is superficial things? God doesn't grant prayers to eradicate cancer any more frequently than he answers prayers for Prada purses. This is a fact.
Most of all, Jesus was talking to His children, when he said 'you'. it's his children.
How do I know? I know because I am one of his many children.
Pure unadulterated narcissism. "Look at me. I'm special. God loves me." Totally nuts. Your ego is disgusting.
I told my 13 year old daughter the same thing, "ask anything for Christmas"
2 scenarios here
1)If my daughter asks for a shot gun for self protection, I am going to say no.
2)If my daughter's friend asks for Play station 3, I am going to say no. I will probably say "you are not my kid"
What if your daughter asks you to cure every case of cancer in the world for Christmas? Are you going to say no? If He exists, that's what God does. And he has the power to stop it with a simple thought. If she asked for that, and you had the power to do it with a single thought, what would you do? And if you chose to do what God does (answer her request with a NO), should I think of you as a good person or a complete ass?
Equally important... So by birth I am not one of God's children, but I can become one of God's children if I simply believe I am one of God's children? What real world evidence can you show, other than you simply stating it, that this is true? Do you honestly think you are favored in some way? Are you saying that Christians have some sort of statistical benefit over atheists in terms of... well... anything at all?
You definitely seem to think you are one of God's children. If this is the case, then do you have enough faith? Do you knock correctly? Do you 'delight' in the Lord? If so, can you
ask anything of God and get it? Because that is what you seem to be saying. That if we do all those things right, then we CAN get anything we want. Is that something you have the ability to do? Why don't we try this... You pray for an end to cancer as we know it. If cancer disappears, I will believe that you are using a valid method of prayer, and that your version of God may be correct. If cancer does NOT disappear, however, you must admit that the entire thing could be all in your head. Deal?
I sincerely hope your 13 year old daughter is able to overcome the poison you've likely been feeding her about religion.
I pray for a lot of things, personal matters, financial matters, for my family, for people around me, including you.
Somehow, I seem to get through my life without praying to God for anything and I lead a pretty good life. Go figure. Personal matters and family matters work out because I work hard to make sure they do... without asking for help from an invisible man in the sky.