The Impossibility of Prayer

The Impossibility of Prayer

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Recommended book: The Possibility of Prayer by John Starke

Details of the Crab Nebula Star
Light from this exploding star first became visible to earth in 1054. It was a supernova then, so bright it could be seen during the daytime. A thousand years later, the star is still exploding. What explodes for a thousand years? What has the density and size to keep up this pace? If you look at the Crab Nebula today through binoculars, it looks like a little ring. If you stare at it, even with earnest stillness, you will see no movement. The naked eye clothed with binoculars looks at this exploding star, and it seems more like a statue. “Photographs of the Crab Nebula taken fifteen years ago seem identical to photographs of it taken yesterday,” and yet the Crab Nebula is expanding at the rate of seventy million miles a day, and it’s been doing that for millennia.1 We are in a universe where something that has increased in size by over a billion miles wide over a fifteen-year period goes unnoticed. Currently, I am sitting in an apartment in the northeast corner of the United States, which is on a planet that is 1.5 billion times larger than my body. The Crab Nebula expands twenty-nine hundred times larger than earth every day. And yet it is a fairly small blip in the grand scheme of schemes. 

Psalm 8:4  what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them

Why would God hear little insignificant people like us in the universe?

Illustration of ministry to college atheists

Jesus proved that God cares about us as individuals

2 Corinthians 1:3-4  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Illustration about how God takes care of the smallest details in our lives.

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