Essays and Literature

When Prayer Makes a Difference in Suffering


This essay first appeared in The Huffington Post on June 4, 2010. The many challenging and opposing comments to this piece that ensued led to creating an extended series on prayer, entitled, “Dialogue with the Disillusioned.” (See separate collection of essays under that name.)

Dialogue with the Disillusioned

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Why do we keep praying, especially in the face of disappointment with God? What should we think, and how should we respond, when our prayers are not answered as we hope? These questions and more are explored in this series of essays written in consideration of the many disillusioned people who have written or spoken to me over the years.