Like just about any question you can ask in regard to deism you will get many different answers from many different deists. Many would likely tell you that there is no value in prayer based on the belief that “God does not intervene” shared by deists. Some would likely tell you that you are just as well suited to send off a letter to the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy as to pray to God. On one level I agree and on another I completely disagree. Please understand that one of the reason I write in this blog is so those considering Deism as a valid choice can understand that deism has room for such choices, it isn’t simply “atheist lite” or something like that.
Here is how I agree, if you want it to snow and pray for such and it snows, God most assuredly did not “answer your prayer”. If so then we must ask why would God do this and ignore your request that your crippled child would one day walk or ignore your prayers that your wife not die of cancer. Frankly such a God to me is a cruel and heartless being I would want nothing to do with. If we however accept that God simply created the entirety of creation and left all beings with free will that changes. Cancer becomes simply a way some people die and if anyone gets the blame it is us for our lifestyle or industry for its waste, but not God. If you are praying for things to happen or for the world to become a utopia or anything in this vein, I agree with many fellow atheists, write Santa a letter it will do just as much good.
Yet I do pray, in my own way and judge no other man’s means by which he does so. When I pray it is about tapping into the internal intelligence and the dynamic energy fields that exist around us. I do believe God is in all of us, because I understand physics. We now know a few things about energy and matter, the first is that energy and matter are the same thing. Matter is simply assembled energy in a particular pattern. We also now know that when any two particles are joined that they are forever linked. Scientists have separated previously bonded particles by space and time and manipulated one, the other responds with no delay in time to account for the spatial separation between them. This is earth shattering science.
The key though is it shows us that once linked energies are forever part of each other. As we know the creator is the source of all energy and matter we can therefor reason that we are all connected to the creator and the creator is within all of us. Hence with prayer we can connect to the creator and to each other. This is a conversation, often with a part of ourselves we don’t seldom acknowledge. In this conversation we can discover answers, obtain clarity and tap into our tremendous potentials as energetic beings. When we do so we find answers, said answers lead to decisions and choices. To me God definitely has a hand on the creation it is just done though his creation, a creation we are part of.
We also must acknowledge that research has shown prayer or positive intention is felt from one human to another. We must acknowledge that sometimes belief alone causes people to heal from what were believed to be terminal illness. These are not simply the realm of sleazy televangelists, these are proven factual occurrences. So while I agree that God doesn’t “fix stuff” or change the future because someone asks him to, I don’t think that rules our prayer, internal dialog or meditation or however you choose to interact with the creator in your own life.