So here's my new study.
- Pray to God for something specific.
- Pray to something else for something completely different and equally specific.
- Ask myself for something specific.
See which, if any, produces results.
So what should I pray for? It needs to be tangible, not like the last prayer which was too open-ended (but it was a pilot study), and it needs to be within a set time frame. God should be able to handle this easily if he's omnipotent.
Here's my prayer to God (the Abrahamic God, to be specific):
I earnestly want to know if you exist. While I don't have faith in you, I am willing to entertain the idea if you will just give me a sign that I can confidently attribute to you. Please hear and answer my prayer to help my wonderful husband Butch who works hard at his job. Please give him the promotion he was promised before May 1, 2011.
The second thing I pray to will be my computer. I spend countless hours communing with it, it makes me feel connected, I can get things through it, etc.
Here's my prayer to my computer, Einstein:
You have been my daily companion for over a year. You have helped me in innumerable ways, tirelessly doing things for me that I couldn't do on my own. I pray to you, for the sake of my dear friend Jeff, that you help him sell an item for exactly $850. This item should come from a box lot that he purchases for $5. He needs to receive payment for the item before May 1, 2011. This should be in addition to his normal sales, please.
Thank you again,
And here's my request to myself:
I've worked very hard to lose weight and get in better shape these past 4 months. Let's work to lose 1 more pound before May 1, 2011.
For the two prayers I decided to ask for things that will help others. I figured this is less selfish than asking for something for myself. What I asked for is for three things that would be very much appreciated and/or are really needed, aren't easy to come by, are very specific and won't happen randomly on their own.
I think they are all fair requests though. If God is omnipotent, my request for Butch is a simple thing that will be so easy. For Einstein, he's connected to Google and eBay so I think he has just as much chance as God in success. And for me, well, I'm the control. And I'm in control so I can take responsibility for my behavior to achieve my goal of losing another pound. (I've been plateauing so it's not a given that I can get a pound off in under 2 weeks, but I will really try!)
For Butch and Jeff, I haven't told them what I'm praying for so that they don't subconsciously take action to make the goal happen on their own. For the control, I know exactly what my goal is and basically how to get there.
So let's see who does best!