Praying for the souls of loves ones or friends who are living a life contrary to the faith.
We believe our prayers will not go unanswered. We believe (or at least hope) God will intervene in some manner or another for those of who we pray for. Possibly with an infusion of grace or by some other means.
The logic of this, that I struggle with has to do with those who may have no one to pray for them.
So I pray for Johnny, who is an atheist and living totally contrary to our faith. I do this because I believe my prayers will help Johnny. But Joanny who has no one to pray for her is living the same lifestyle.
Does this give Johnny more hope then Joanny? If so, isn’t this an intrinsic evil in itself? Being that nothing that Johnny has done has helped Johnny and Joanny is (or may be) damned?
Does this not discourage the concept of praying for anything? It seems like the analogy of the kid with the richest parent can get out trouble and the kid without a parent, or with the parent who does not care, spends the time behind bars. Which I think we can all agree, is wrong.
Prayer, is troubling to me. It seems to contradict our intelligence. I have yet to find a good answer to this.
Understand my dilemma?