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I forgot to pray

By George in KC ~

Recently, my wife and I had to rush our 20-year-old daughter to the emergency room for a serious condition. I drove like mad, carried her inside, and the nurses sprang into action. In a short time she was stabilized and starting to recover.
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It was about three hours into the ordeal when I realized - I didn’t even think about praying!

This was a big change for me. I am 51 years old and was a Christian for 49 years (I posted my deconversion story in April 09). I thought back to 15 years ago when I once again had to rush my daughter to the hospital when she was 5 years old. One of the first things I did at that time was call our pastor and ask him to pray and come to the hospital. He did, but she stayed seriously ill for several days.

I remember all those church services from the time of my youth onward when the weekly prayer list was read. Did you ever notice how some people were perpetually on the list? God could cure a tummy ache, but most of the chronic and serious illnesses remained until the person died or got extreme medical treatment. I especially remember when someone would continue to deteriorate to be near death. Then the prayer request would be for healing OR calling the person home (to heaven). Heads I win, tails you lose.