Q: How do I know God is listening to me when I pray? To be honest, I’ve about given up on prayer because it doesn’t seem like it makes any difference. Has God turned His back on me? — P.F.
A: Your God is not listening. Supernatural deities do not exist (or at least have not made themselves known to us). You may be starting an intellectual journey that leads to rationality and atheism. Many people around the world are beginning to realize that religion is based on myth and superstition. They start asking rational questions (as you have) about the basis of their beliefs and find that there are no satisfactory answers. This is what happened to me, and I am very grateful to be free of the dogma and irrationality of religion (specifically Christianity). I am extremely happy in my non-belief.
Many studies have shown that prayer has no benefit. (See this link.) You may want to visit these other links to find out why many former Christians are now non-believers.
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