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Is there a point to praying to god?
Prayer can help psychological well-being.
Prayer provides a focus for our desires. As a
it can help us reach our goals.
Prayer is comforting to people as it can provide someone to talk to when you need a friend or an outlet for your emotions.
The pre-modern purpose of fine art was to express beauty, and the buildings and artifacts made to glorify God are often exceedingly beautiful and inspire awe. Being around these objectively
beautiful things makes us happier
, and can improve our physical and mental well-being.
Praying is like meditation and
Deep prayer and meditation can have
on the brain as drugs.
Prayer is a dangerous substitute for professional help.
People often view an unanswered prayer as punishment - signalling they are unworthy of God's attention or intervention.
Prayer, akin to talking to oneself, can reinforce harmful ideas or behavior (e.g. bigotry found in religious doctrines, violent ideologies, tribal dogma).
Prayer can lead to harmful inaction because it may lead people to believe that they do not need to take actions themselves.