If someone told you that you were less likely to die in a plane crash if you were wearing a blue shirt, how would you respond? Would you accept it without question, or would you laugh at the silly man and contact mental health officials?
Well, we are told that prayer helps believers survive all sorts of things. What do you think would be the result of a study to find out if there were more injuries to young players at football games where there were no prayers, compared to games with prayer? Or how about finding out if a greater percentage of citizens of more atheist (non-praying) countries were afflicted by cancer than a very religious (praying) country? How about the death rate of praying people vs. non-praying people in a tornado’s path? Are churches that are prayed for destroyed in earthquakes less often than, say, houses of ill repute or gay bars, which one can assume few people pray for?
Let’s let this prayer debate abate until it can be proven effective; otherwise it’s just wishing by another name.