Eleonore Stump, Petitionary Prayer Essay examples
Aquinas’s argument unintentionally suggests since God was going to do said action anyway then there is no point in even asking. Aquinas’s argument also has a flaw in that it seems to take away our free will. If our prayers are of Gods ultimate plan, then do we truly have free will?
Stump’s solution suggests a certain kind of anthropomorphism where we view God as a human friend. However, there are two problems with this method. The first problem is the danger of possibly becoming a slave. The human can become so overcome by the superiority of their
“friend” (i.e. God) that they become a slave-like follower that loses their will. The second problem is the danger of becoming spoiled children because all their wishes are met by God through prayer. Accordingly, if either or both of these problems occurred, the “friendship” between human and God would die and one party would assume power over the other in using.
Stump proposes petitionary prayer as a solution to avoid these two problems. Stump says if God doesn’t give us everything we ask, and we have to ask for things by way of petitionary prayer, it guards us against spoiling and becoming overcome. A person is guarded against spoiling because the