Prayer is certainly not pointless
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I don't agree with Mr Dingwall that prayer is pointless. However, you will have to believe that Scripture is valid and is a guide for how the human race should conduct its affairs - both personally and as a community.
If you read the Bible you will see that Yahushua often prayed to his Father, and some of these prayers, along with those of patriarchs, prophets, kings and apostles, are recorded for our benefit. Some prayers were answered and some were refused. The Bible states that the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous person avails much, and so in order for our requests to be acted on positively by the Father, the petitions have to be in accordance with His Word, and the petitioners have to be in right standing with Him.
Now, we know that praying for crime and other evils to cease and abate in Jamaica is something our heavenly Father would be in agreement with. However, there are reasons for prayer to go unanswered and some of these are disobedience (Deuteronomy 1:45); secret sin (Psalm 66:18); indifference (Proverbs 1:28); neglect of mercy (Proverbs 21:13); despising Torah (Proverbs 28:9); blood guiltiness (Isaiah 1:15); iniquity (Micah 3:4); stubbornness (Zechariah 7:13); instability (James 1:6-7); self-indulgence (James 4:3). Read the verses in context to get the full picture.
Could it be that the one thing hindering the prayers is the "despising of the Torah" (instructions of Yahweh)? The doctrine from most church groups is that the "law is no longer relevant" since we are "under grace". This is a big mistake as the Word of Yahweh endures forever, and He is the same yesterday, today and forever.