I’m going through a time of having some doubts about my faith and I would appreciate an answer to this question.
A lot of times I’ve heard people say that the main thing with prayer is that it changes you - your heart, helps you to forgive, become a more loving person, a more virtuous person. That has been my experience I suppose, which is great. But isn’t it true that there are other techniques which have the reputation for doing the same thing? Buddhist meditation comes to mind. And yet nobody says that God had anything to do with the good results people get from meditating.
Couldn’t you just say these are two different ways of expressing the same thing, that the good results of prayer come from focusing your mind on loving and positive thoughts and on what we want to achieve, which naturally makes us move in that direction? God doesn’t necessarily have to have anything to do with that process.
I mean this question with the greatest of respect… looking forward to getting some helpful replies. Thank you