Right after I wrote the last post, another incident occurred dealing with this topic of prayer. Firstly, I should explain that I sometimes have nightmares about end-time prophecy. One of the perks of being raised in a religious family, I suppose. I have had them since I was a child and I accidentally caught part of one of those really bad 70s tribulation movies. I think it's strange that I still have them at my age and stage of intellectual development. But, I do.
Every night I pray that I will have peaceful dreams. I never have a nightmare when I pray this. On the nights that I forget to pray or fall asleep before doing so, I have them. It never fails.
The other night, I was praying but I was so tired that I fell asleep right at the beginning of it. I had a nightmare that woke me up at 5:00 a.m. I had to read a few chapters of Max Lucado's When Christ Comes before I could go back to sleep. (Max Lucado is good to read when you're unsettled. I'm almost always unsettled at night, so I read him a lot then.)
I discussed it with Mother the day after. I asked her what she thought about it. She shrugged her shoulders and said, "Prayer is powerful." I told her that I'm leaning more towards it being a psychological issue. The mind is powerful as well. My brain is fully aware of the fact that I pray this every night, and as soon as I don't, it might concoct a nightmare just for fun. Who knows? I don't think God would torture me for forgetting to mention something to Him. I just think it's very strange.