It’s clear that prayer is helpful to millions. People feel comforted in the belief that Someone hears them and cares about them. I would not try to take prayer away from those who need it.
But I’m troubled about something, so, if you pray, maybe you can explain.
Every time there’s a tragedy, for instance, yet another totally predictable school shooting, people call for prayer and crowds pray. The violence is no surprise to anyone, and neither is the impulse to pray.
Yet, it also should be no surprise that “leaders” do nothing and, apparently, neither does God.
Except perhaps: “comfort.”
But is it comforting to know, to be 100% sure, that prayer will not (cannot?) stop the next shooting? Does it make people feel better knowing that because there is no substantial action on the part of Government or God to stop the cycles of violence, prayers are ineffective?
It seems to me that prayer is not as powerful as a gun.
Prayer seems to lose every time.
btw, I have a developing theory about guns and mental instability. With 300 million guns in the U.S., and a large percentage of gun owners are gun-lovers who resist reasonable laws, it stands to reason that an irrational person who owns a weapon is mentally unstable, which begs the question: should they have a gun?