The Efficacy of Prayer

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1. Prayers God is prone to answer

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord the earth will keep
its compact spherical shape
(as is now) when I awake

May the wind sometimes blow,
and in the Arctic and Antarctica
may it sometimes snow

Lord, I need your graceful assurance
that I will die someday with or
without insurance.

Lord, send us a tyrant or typhoon or two
so that we may seek relief by you

2. Prayers God is apparently prone not to answer

O Lord, please make heat cold
in out and down up; make old young
but please do not make young old

Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

3. A prayer God simply never answers

Please bring her back. Where did she go?
Life’s not light without her glow

by Jim Culleny; 9/28/10

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