(quote) Dave-104327 said: You are right Michelle, no amount of prayer is going to change anything. There may be an alternate universe where it does change things, but I seriously doubt that. It's a shame that so many people of faith in all religions waste so much time in prayer. The whole world would be a better place if those people used their time to physically go out in the world and DO something to make the world a better place.
"Watch ye, therefore, praying at all times
, that you may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things that are to come, and to stand before
the Son of man." (Luke 21:36)
It's not an either/or situation: we can -- and should -- pray for guidance first; to pray while we are doing -- or, in many cases, not doing things that shouldn't be done; and to pray in thanksgiving afterward.
To willfully avoid prayer is a very good way to head off in the wrong direction or to not achieve the results we could have otherwise. Our actions have no merit on their own, but only through God's grace.