The writer, in making this assertion (and others throughout his essay), claims omniscience for himself. He must know everything about everything in order to make this absolute statement on the nature and outcome of prayer.
Or maybe he’s mistaken.
Starting only with himself and admitting no possibility of a transcendent personal God, who created us as personal beings with the ability to reason and to communicate (with ourselves, each other, and our Creator), he cannot admit the possibility of anything beyond his isolated, self-limited worldview.
Sad, but typical of the “thinking” of this age.
There is more to man than physical matter. We are immaterial beings as well, immortal souls and spirits, created to know, love, and appreciate one another, and the One who created us as such. We know this because He has revealed it to us, and our experience as sentient beings living in a real world confirms it.
I pray. God hears. And answers. This is not my experience alone but that of countless millions throughout history. It’s a shame that you do not acknowledge Him, even though you do know that He exists — just as surely as you know that you exist.
You may deny this, of course, but in doing so you deny yourself as well.
“If one does not make human knowledge wholly dependent upon the original self-knowledge and consequent revelation of God to man, then man will have to seek knowledge within himself as the final reference point. Then he will have to seek an exhaustive understanding of reality. He will have to hold that if he cannot attain to such an exhaustive understanding of reality he has no true knowledge of anything at all. Either man must then know everything or he knows nothing. This is the dilemma that confronts every form of non-Christian epistemology.”
I am going to pray right now, and you may rest assured that at least one other person in this world is praying for you.
God loves you, Benjamin. You have no idea how much He does.