In the area where I live (So. Oregon), there are multiple fires burning. Just in the last couple of days, another one flared up and has pretty much wiped out a town in No. California (Weed). A couple of other fires are fairly close but it appears, thankfully, they won’t threaten the community where I live.
On Facebook, numerous individuals have been posting photos of the fires. Invariably, the ensuing comments include those who say they are “praying.”
It puzzles me that people believe praying after the fact is going to change anything. If “God” is in control, as many people believe, why did the fire, the earthquake, the tsunami, the hurricane, the tornado, or any other “act of nature” occur in the first place?
I know this is not a new question but when tragic events occur, I find myself once again wondering why people believe an invisible supernatural entity is “looking down” on them and is going to change everything simply because they “pray.”
I used to pray. I won’t deny it. But if I’m honest, very rarely did I feel my prayers were answered. Of course, in those days, I had innumerable excuses for why the Big Guy in the Sky hadn’t responded as I had hoped.
Truth be known, it’s probably all psychological (Victoria?) in that the act of praying is the stimulus that brings comfort to the individual. And I suppose we all need a little help in that area once in awhile.