When atheists try to argue against Christians or anyone of faith, the common tactic is to refer to praying as “talking to your imaginary friend in the sky”. It’s their way of ridiculing us lower-caste beings, who obviously don’t have the necessary life skills to survive on our own.
That would be all very well, except for one thing: praying works.
Praying to that “imaginary Friend” has worked for thousands upon thousands of years. It motivated Abraham to pack up and move to a new location, it carried the Hebrews through 400 years of slavery in Egypt, until eventually they were rescued through Divine works. People have been healed of all diseases through prayer; insights and correct directions have come through prayer; lives have been changed through prayer — either for the person praying or the one receiving the prayer.
And yet, for thousands upon thousands of years, there have been non-believers who want to deny that. They might even point to times when it’s looked as though prayer hasn’t worked — that is, the times when someone prays for something specific and it hasn’t been granted. Then they laugh uproariously when someone suggests that this was a case of God saying “no,” “not yet,” or “why?”; or that people tied God’s hands by being overly specific.
(I like to recall the time, a dozen years ago, when I was working two part-time jobs — which added up to 1.5 full-time jobs — in order to meet my obligations. I was burning out. One day, I asked the Lord why other guys my age and younger were working less and making more and not living in a rooming house. He replied almost immediately: “What did you pray for?” I realized I had prayed for more work, because I felt I needed to justify my request. “And that’s what you got. Change your prayer and see what happens.” So I prayed for more income. And within a couple of months, He had moved me, rather forcibly, out of those two jobs and into one that came from a most unexpected source, that was a much better position, financially, and — as I liked to joke — helped support my “ministry habit”. As soon as I released God’s hands, He was able to do what He intended to do.)
So it works. You probably have a testimony of that in your own life, and no one can gainsay that. No one can deny your personal experience, and even if they try to dismiss it as “luck”, that’s your opportunity to praise God even more forcefully.
“Nope. That was God at work.”
“Ha. Why would He answer you?”
“Because I asked.”
Probably all of us have heard the definition, attributed to Albert Einstein, of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, hoping to achieve a different result.
Denying God and denigrating those who pray to Him flies in the face of the truth. The God-deniers act like turning to the Lord is a fairly new thing, when all the evidence says differently. So maybe that definition of “insanity” applies — and not to you.
So keep praying and praising … because it works — and God loves it!