May 7 was national day of prayer. Here in Toledo , we didn't see any city officials at the evening event. Only one day/yr

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But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

"Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression [the Church and Synagogue], And the house of Jacob [the family of Israelite nations - all Twelve Tribes of Israel] their sins. 2 Yet they seek Me daily, And delight to know My ways, As a nation that did righteousness, And did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God."
-- Isaiah the Prophet

Hypocritical National Day of Prayer?

I suppose that's one advantage of your bible constantly contradicting itself. You can always make an argument from whichever side is convenient.

Yeshua was addressing attitudes, since he rebuked those religous people who only prayed in public for all he wrong reasons. He did not speak against public prayer for all the right reasons, otherwise he would be a hypocrite since he prayed out loud in public! So did Solomon and many others.

Your poll should have had more catagories to choose from. All of your options imply that everybody shares the same belief system, believes at all, or perhaps believes that religion & prayer are private matters, and don't need a public soap box.

I could not respond to your poll because 1) I do not believe, and 2) I think people's religion should be a private matter, between them & their God, and 3) there's separation between church & state for a reason, and I fail to see why a special day is needed to mark a day of prayer. We already have Christmas & Easter - and I enjoy those holidays regardless of my beliefs (I do know their meanings), but there are some religions that don't acknowledge those religous holidays at all. My thinking is, if we have National religious holidays like those, then shouldnt there also be national holidays acknowledging other religions special days?

I suppose I could have checked the first option, but it is overbroad. It doesn't matter if I believe or not that is the only deciding factor in whether people's praying helps or not. Depends on the type of 'help'. I think people pray for some silly things, things they know they don't deserve - and I'm sure if there is a God the sound of everybody's prayers has to be deafening - so who's prayers is he answering (or hearing?). I do not believe that prayer will help fix the mess in Toledo, our country, the war in Iraq, or whether Aunt Susie will recover from surgery. But I do believe that the practice & ritual of praying does help a lot of people - within themselves. I don't claim to know the depth or degree that God actually steps in to help them (my feelings are not likely at all) - but I know there can be an empowerment in people's minds & hearts by positive thinking, and a peace within from sharing problems -whether that 'sharing' is by prayer or to a friend, it can be helpful.