Miracles and Percentages

by moe

Imagine we are sitting next to each other watching a baseball game. The first batter of the game comes up and I say, “He’s going hitting a homerrun.” The batter immediately gets out. The next batter comes up and I say the same thing. He strikes out. I continue this cycle, batter after batter, inning after inning. Finally, in the bottom of the sixth inning, a player crushes the ball and hits a homerun. I turn to you and say, “SEE I TOLD YOU SO!”. What would your response be? The odds are in my favor that a player will eventually hit a homerun, so me predicting it isn’t a surprise. In fact, it’s kind of weird for me to go all crazy when it happens.

That’s how I view Miracles. So why do we pray for them?

I don’t want you to think that I don’t believe in prayer. I believe in prayer, but I don’t want to be naive about its percentages. I think it’s logical to assume that most prayers don’t come true. If they did, we would all stay young, beautiful and never lose loved ones. However, we all age, get ugly and die. So why pray at all? Well, from what I’ve seen, praying helps keep your will power strong through a tough struggle in life, and, at times, beat the odds. The religious ritalin to stay focused on a task. However, I think, in most cases, praying is never enough.

If you’re not willing to work for what you pray for, you don’t have a prayer.