Praying for Election Day miracles?
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Difference between praying and wishing?

Pray -- To address God or a god with adoration,
confession, supplication, or thanksgiving, oft-
times asking for things as if God or a god is an
all-powerful being (or beings) that will grant
the requests -if- the requester is deemed worthy
and/or is viewed by God or a god as making
requests fitting within God's will.

Wish -- to have a desire for, to request, to hope
for.

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When people pray and their prayer comes true,
they often see it as 'proof' that their God exists,
with no evidence whatsoever that their prayer
was related to the outcome.

When people pray and their prayer doesn't come
true, they sometimes say that God's will was
stronger and different from their prayer, part of
the mystery of God, or they see it as perhaps
related to their own shortcomings factoring
in to God's decision against them.

Wishes? Very similar to prayers, though all-
powerful beings aren't involved unless someone
both prays -and- wishes for something to happen.

"The outcome is up to God", per the statement by
one pray-er in the following article. In actuality, the
outcome is up to the physical nature of homo sapiens,
how they vote, and how they impact the election via
noble or ignoble means.

My wish/hope/dream/desire is for Obama to win,
for Obama's presidency to be great, and for Demo-
crats to win control of the Senate (slim chance, that).

I make no requests of God, as I perceive God to be
a multi-faceted contradictory myth that humankind
would be best off leaving behind, replacing religions
with pure love and pure hope free from religious (or
other) anti-humanism.

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4:50 p.m. CT, Sat., Nov. 1, 2008
  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27488710/
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Excerpts:

A woman prays before the start of a rally with
Republican presidential nominee John McCain
in Mesilla, N.M.
  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27489464/displaymode/1176/rstry/27488710/

They're fasting on the steps of the Florida Capitol,
hoping God will hear their pleas to put an abortion
opponent in the White House.

Prayer warriors will staff the get-out-the-vote
command center Tuesday at Ebenezer A.M.E.
Church in Fort Washington, Md. A rabbi is dis-
tributing a prayer to be said in the voting booth.

Prayer circles are seeking courage and protection
for Barack Obama and his family.

The faithful are busy as Nov. 4 nears.

While politicians are making their final pitch to
voters, religious Americans from across the pol-
itical spectrum are appealing to a higher power
on the candidates' behalf.

"We have just days to pray that someone who
upholds the sanctity of life and marriage between
one man and one woman will win," said Pam
Olsen, co-pastor with her husband of the Interna-
tional House of Prayer in Tallahassee, Fla.

Olsen, who personally supports Republican John
McCain, is organizing a marathon of prayer, fast-
ing and Bible reading at the Capitol starting Satur-
day until the state's polls close.

"The outcome is up to God," she said.

...

For the first time, the nation's Roman Catholic
bishops have published prayers for immediately
before and after the election. They focus on dig-
nity for all, an end to poverty and for "ears that
will hear the cries of children unborn."

...

Praying for campaigns and for the health of the
nation is hardly new in elections. But this year has
seen a more public display of faith among support-
ers of the Democrat nominee.

The Obama campaign's prayer conference calls
went from weekly to daily four months ago, and
will continue through Election Day.

...

For leaders making personal endorsements, the
prayers are unapologetically partisan. Steve Strang,
publisher of Charisma, a popular Pentecostal mag-
azine, asked his many readers in an e-mail to pray,
fast and "believe for a miracle to see John McCain
get elected."

But many pastors are warning against asking God
for a specific outcome.

The Rev. Adam Hamilton ... has [been] urging his
congregants simply to pray for help choosing the
right leader for the country. ... Hamilton said no
one knows "who God's person for the hour is."

And considering the state of the economy and the
other daunting problems facing the U.S. and the
world, Hamilton said churches would do better
to focus on asking God to help whoever succeeds
President Bush.

"Who wants this job right now?" Hamilton said.
"Whoever wins this election, we're going to have
to pull together to pray for them."

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