OK, let me start out by saying that I pray pretty much all day every day. My wife and I do a daily devotional and we pray together.
However, I have this friend who is going to seminary. I wont say the denomination. I had a long talk with her the other day and some of the things she said have caused me to really ponder.
I'm begging you. If you decide to reply to this thread please give me some beef, as it were. I really can't use rants based on emotions. Testimony is fantastic. Scripture is awesome.
So, my friend and I had a long talk. I explained to her that my life is in a free fall right now and everything seems to be broken or in the process of breaking. I asked her about prayer.
Why do we pray?
What does prayer do?
Does God intervene?
Does Satan and or, demons actually work to steal, kill and destroy?
You know, that kind of stuff.
She basically said that events in human reality are mostly the results of human decisions and although she wouldn't rule it out, she basically said God chooses to not get involved in human events. She said that almost all of what happens is the result of the decisions we all make, the weather, genetics, etc.. She said that God has chosen to pretty much observe and not get involved. What I heard her saying was that prayer is mostly a meaningless exercise.
If she were reading this she would deny that that was what she meant. But, at the same time she would say that God chooses not to intervene allowing human free will to decide the course of events. Her very general understanding seems to be that God's intervention ended, for the larger part, after Jesus' death, resurrection and assention. She said something to the effect of God's intervening act was salvation through the cross, and that's pretty much it.
As you can imagine it has created a bit of a crisis for me. Why? Good question.
Simply put, I need a God who is active and working in the world. I need a God who is alive and who cares. If that's not true then were no better off, in terms or daily living, than atheist.