Category Archives: Nothing Fails Like Prayer

I’d say that about sums it up.

As seen today on Reddit:

prayer

Either that, or “Dear God, help me deal with something bad in my life.” Because… you know… we need supernatural help for that.

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Charlie Crist, Defender of Florida

Apparently Florida governor Charlie Crist stuck a written prayer into the Western Wall in Jersualem asking God to protect Florida from hurricanes.

Crist said he isn’t trying to take credit, but he told a group of real estate agents Friday that he’s had prayer notes placed in the Western Wall in Jerusalem each year and no major storms have hit Florida.

Crist noted that just before his election in 2006, Florida had been affected by a total of eight hurricanes in 2004 and 2005.

“Do you know the last time it was we had a hurricane in Florida? It’s been awhile. In 2007, I took my first trade mission. Do you know where I went?” said Crist, a Methodist, referring to a trip to Israel.

He then told of going to the Western Wall and inserting a note with a prayer. He said it read, “Dear God, please protect our Florida from storms and other difficulties. Charlie.”

“Time goes on — May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December — no hurricanes,” Crist said. “Thank God.”

Maybe Charlie could expand a bit and ask God to keep hurricanes away from the entire country. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Wonder what he’s going to say when Florida is inevitably hit by a hurricane, considering that the years 2000 to 2008 have had more recorded tropical or subtropical cyclones than any decade on record. I’m sure he’ll come up with some sort of rationalization…

(Note, 8/26/2012: The original Yahoo! article has been removed, but you can find another article based on the same AP article at the Tampa Bay Times website.

The Problem with Prayer

One of the strongest evidences I’ve seen against the existence of God is the problem of the unreliability of prayer. The basic problem is this: every Sunday, in all the Christian churches in all the cities in all the states of this country, there are millions (if not tens of millions) of people praying – most likely, for many of the same things. An end to war, an end to hunger, healing of the sick, and so on; these are consistent themes for prayer in most moderate-to-liberal churches. More conservative and fundamentalist churches will pray for the return of Jesus, the spreading of the gospel, God’s protection over the nation, et cetera.
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