As the health care reform bill wound its way through the U.S. Senate, senators John Kerry and Orrin Hatch attempted to attach a provision that would reimburse religious practitioners for engaging in distant intercessory prayer; under the plan, health insurance companies would have to make payments to for-profit dial-a-prayer operations when people got sick.
The intercessory-prayer-for-profit provision was dropped from the final version of the healthcare bill that passed the Senate in December. Why? Were there not enough intercessory prayers on behalf of the intercessory prayer provision for God to decide to intervene in the legislative process? Was God’s answer to all those prayers simply “No,” despite their volume, indicating that God really isn’t fond of the practice of intercessory prayer?
Or, or… oh, I know there must be another possibility, but I just can’t think of it right now.