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Spiritual Growth Finally, offering prayers and seeing at least some of them clearly answered can function as a experiential reminder of God’s reality and of his power and love for us, that in the midst of this vast universe and among the billions of people on this planet, he knows each of us individually, he hears us, and he cares for our needs. This aspect of answered prayer can have a strong effect on us if the antecedent probability of what we requested happening by chance is extremely low, as in seemingly miraculous provision or timing, or sudden healings of physical, emotional, or spiritual ailments.
If we take the parallelism here seriously, Jesus considers praying for others to be in the same category of actions such as loving, blessing, and doing good to them. Since we have a moral obligation to love our neighbors, prayer gives us a practical opportunity to love others, particularly in those situations where we have very few or no other options to help them, for example, prayers for suffering Christians and political prisoners in North Korea. God may choose not to maximize the good in people’s lives in order to allow for the effects of these (sometimes intercontinental) acts of love between his creatures.
We have just seen that from that perspective it is coherent to allow that we acquire evidence that entails that theism is false. In this case, again, the prior probability of theism (and any attendant uncertainty about the prior probability of theism) would be immaterial. Second, note that even supposing that (10) can be acquired as evidence, there is a way of blocking the conclusion that theism is knowably false in the relevant worlds. 56 That said, closure denial is a minority view and we do not think this a very plausible way of blocking atheistic knowledge in the relevant worlds.