4.21.2011

I Would Dog Perry For Pandering But I Had A Different Thought


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And I've always wondered why we think the more people that pray, the more likely there will be results. That seems a little shallow and, in fact, demeaning to God. Are we trying to get His attention with numbers? I always thought that "go into your closet and pray alone" meant something.


43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Never waste a good crisis!

Anonymous said...

Obama isn't going to like this one bit!

Anonymous said...

well it worked..............

Anonymous said...

It's called collective consciousness. There are many studies being done in the world of quantum physics about this. And yes, God encourages teamwork!

Anonymous said...

me too barron. if we give God credit for the rain do we blame him for the drought.
i believe God made the earth and nature and He doesnt mess em. much.

Anonymous said...

For the price tag of $100 dollars I betcha I can make it rain!

Anonymous said...

Barry, God is cognizant of numbers, there is even a book of Numbers cannonized in the Bible. If indeed the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much....then more of the same would even be better.

Anonymous said...

1:13 Why would Obama not like it??

Anonymous said...

Here comes the zealots!!!!! Here comes the zealots!!!

WhitneyLeigh said...

BG, we think that because of the scripture in Matthew that says, "Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them" which does suggest that God likes numbers.

I don't trust Perry one bit; he's just trying to appeal to the masses, which is pretty crude when you're dealing with people's spirituality. I am praying, though, for all those firefighters and people who have lost their homes. Come on RAIN.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I thank God...for unanswered prayer's
- Garth Doofus

Anonymous said...

Shouldn’t we be praying to the Chosen One Obama for rain?

Anonymous said...

If you continue in Matthew 6, verse 8 says your Father knows what you need before you ask. Maybe we should consider the possibility that prayer changes us. In fact if you consider all of the verses in that section (5-15), it suggests that you should examine your heart and motives before you pray (don't do it for show, don't go long and babble on like pagans, don't do it without forgiveness of others)

So how is it bad to ask people to pray? Maybe the change would do us all some good.

Anonymous said...

Barry,

The go into your prayer closet approach certainly seems to be the one the Father appreciates the most on an individual basis, but at Whitney corretly points out, there are verses of scripture one can turn to without cherry picking (those of you who are guilty of this know who you are)that support group prayer being reccognized by God as appropriate. That said, Perry is SUCH an assclown that any suggestion of his can only be a correct suggestion by accident.

Lovella said...

It's refreshing to see all the positive comments concerning prayer. God's word has a lot to say about prayer. Whatever Gov. Perry's motives are, it can't hurt to encourage people to pray, let God deal with his motives.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what God thinks about Rick Perry trumping Good Friday and Easter (and even Passover) with a few piddly days of prayer for rain.

Hello?? Anybody home, Governor Goodhair? Couldn't you wait a week until the religious holidays were over?

Answers? I don't know the questions. said...

I believe that there is a God, the creator of the universe and all that's in it. He is a unique being and not some vague "may the force be with you" kind of crap. He created us with a purpose. The purpose is to be in a relationship with Him.

I believe in prayer and not some "I'll be thinking good thoughts" kind of crap. I believe that I can actually talk to Him, not because of who I am but because of who He is.

If this makes me a zealot, I plead guilty.

wordkyle said...

Laugh if you want to, but Lubbock made national news when its day of prayer for rain broke a drought in 2006. The stats:

January 1-July 30, 2006 (211 days): 5.71 total inches of rain.
July 30, 2006 - Day of prayer.
July 31-September 15, 2006 (47 days): 5.68 inches of rain.
(If you don't like WND, check here and here.)

A day of prayer may not help, but it might, and it sure can't hurt.

Anonymous said...

There are many studies being done in the world of quantum physics about this. And yes, God encourages teamwork!

God and physics in the same sentence?

BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Rage

Anonymous said...

The word of Jehovah that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought.

Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish, they sit in black upon the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.

And their nobles send their little ones to the waters: they come to the cisterns, and find no water; they return with their vessels empty; they are put to shame and confounded, and cover their heads.

Because of the ground which is cracked, for that no rain hath been in the land, the plowmen are put to shame, they cover their heads.

Yea, the hind also in the field calveth, and forsaketh her young, because there is no grass.

And the wild asses stand on the bare heights, they pant for air like jackals; their eyes fail, because there is no herbage.

Though our iniquities testify against us, work thou for thy name's sake, O Jehovah; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.

Jeremiah 14:1-7

Anonymous said...

Nigger muslim Obammy don't pray like we do. Obammy bows down toward meeca.

Anonymous said...

3:14 PLEASE!! You must truly be one sad and sick individual full of hate! I pray for people like you.

Anonymous said...

it sure can't hurt.

Wow. Now that's a demonstration of faith, right there.

/not

Rage

Anonymous said...

If God indeed could respond to these prayers and provide rain, wouldn't it also be true that God is then already aware of the dry conditions, the burning homes and animals, and all the sadness; assuming those folks affected are also praying? Besides, wouldn't a God with those kind of abilities already know anyway? And therefore, be fine with what's going on?

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle...Always good to schedule a mass rain prayer around a favorable forecast(Rain was in the forecast July 31st-August 2nd, 2006-rained the 31st and 1st)! Then again if it hadn't rained much between July 31st and September 15 the spin would have been that God was just teaching us to be strong and "working in mysterious ways"! Or they would have just extended the time table to say between July 31st, 2006 and March 15, 2007 as an example...whatever timetable yielded a succesful result for the prayer.

Anonymous said...

2 Chronicles 7:14-15

Anonymous said...

That's why I don't go to church. I like to pray to God in my closet. Hey, it has worked for me and others many times.

Anonymous said...

Satan (Rick Perry) preays?!?!

3:25-- You can pray for us all day long, while the powers that be PREY on all of us!!!

Anonymous said...

Mother nature does what she wants with the weather. However, God does have the power to change it if he wants to; but, I don't think he does. Our world is what it is and we all have our fate with it.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

When Politicans start involving God openly... watch out.

Anonymous said...

While I certainly don't object to getting the masses in Texas to pray for rain; I'm not a Perry fan and even this won't get him to the Republican primaries for President!

Anonymous said...

Amen, Mr. Mike Honcho, Amen.

And now I have to go pray for the sun to set and rise again tomorrow. Right, Governor Perry?

My Other Brother Darryl

wordkyle said...

351 - I'd love to see your source for that forecast comment. When my internet search came up empty, I contacted an acquaintance who is a professional meteorologist, and he said that he couldn't get such information.

For what it's worth, the same thing happened in Lubbock in 2004. See here and here.

Without claiming confluence equals causation, I have to say that's a heck of a coincidence.

guinjames said...

I'm calling the tooth fairy, a couple of unicorns, santa claus and maybe the easter bunny and ask for rain.

Anonymous said...

3:25 you be black? you vote for Obammy

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle - do you worship God or "sources"?

Anonymous said...

I have a lot of friends with homes in the PK area, as I live in Fort Worth. I enjoy this blog immensely, too.

But, every time I have prayed for the last five days or so (maybe twice a day?), I have found myself praying for rain for North Texas and West Texas.

All of this occurred before the Governor asked me to care about people other than myself. I don't think most people needed that nudge.

For those of you that do not believe in prayer, that's fine. But wait until the day comes that you can no longer explain the ineffectiveness of it. It's liberating beyond belief.

Happy Easter. This celebration is about liberation, as well.

wordkyle said...

615 - Ecclesiastes 3:1

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle...check out wunderground.com, go to the history and almanac section. Your meteorologist friend is either inept or didn't want to mess with looking it up, the national weather service should keep those records as well as local weather watchers. You can also look at the Lubbock newspapers online archives if they go back that far; that is if you don't trust the word of a random stranger! I remember it well as I was in Lubbock on business that week, I thought the prayer service was a little silly since the forecast obviously called for rain.

I apologize for not quoting sources but I was certain you would find the info within minutes of reading my post.

RPM said...

Rick Perry

Robert Tilton

Separated at birth?

wordkyle said...

929 - Thanks for the source. I asked the guy about forecasts, not actual weather conditions, so that might have been the reason he couldn't help me (or either of your two reasons might be as well.) The A-J's website is woeful, so that was no help. I'll confess, this is one search that stumped me (which happens more often than I like.)

I don't remember the forecasts at that time, so I'll bow to your superior recall. However, using your great resource (sincerely meant,) it shows there was no precipitation from July 31-August 2. On August 3 Lubbock received .04 inches. (See here.) So forecast or no, the rain didn't come.

I'm cynical enough to believe that politicians would check the weather forecast before issuing such a proclamation. Nonetheless, the facts remain the same. Miracle? Answered prayer? Coincidence? Natural occurrence? How do you tell the difference?

But as I said, prayer can't hurt.

Anonymous said...

6:15 Hannity

Anonymous said...

ITs RAINING!!!!! THANK YOU LORD!!!!!
Are you speechless BG.