In talking with friends in the last week they mentioned a conversation with their daughter who told them she had "thrown her prayers out to the universe." I couldn't help myself, and replied without thinking, "tell her that the universe doesn't give a damn!"
At first she was shocked at a pastor saying that, but then she couldn't help herself and laughed.
We all laughed.
I didn't anticipate my words, but the comment made about praying to the universe was so absurd I couldn't help but respond.
And so I did a Google search. Is this common? Do others really think this way? Do some in our culture "pray to the universe"? And here is part of a prayer I found,
Divine Mantra , A Prayer To The Universe
"Oh Divine Universe, gather together to form one great ball of light and allow it to come forth with my Divinity...."
The whole prayer is much longer, but you get the idea. Yes, people are praying to the universe! They really believe it does something! But I would reply to them as I did above...it doesn't do anything and the universe doesn't care!
Why aren't they asking God? Why aren't they praying to someone who hears instead of something as vague and nebulous as the universe?
Romans 1 speaks of these days when Paul writes,
"Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools."
And so they "pray to the universe" and think somehow their "god" called the universe will answer, but it doesn't, it can't. It's just a part of creation like I am. Why not pray instead to the only one who is listening....the God who made me AND the universe, the God whose name is YAHWEH!