The Civil Writer Magazine

In the church there are very few measurable sacraments and actions that can be quantitatively and statistically tabulated to determine how effective they are. Prayer is one of them. From an empirical observation prayer doesn't seem to work even if you apply Jesus's command Matt 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. How many Christians were there needed in the Bahamas to agree together to prevent death and damage? Several churches, aid groups and private individuals across the U.S. are now coming together to help the Bahamas recover from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian but it seems that their agreeing in prayer never worked in advance for the country as a whole. Well, you say, "it could have been worse" but is that comparative when there are no statistics to what is worse.

The Bahamas religions are Protestant 69.9% (includes Baptist 34.9%, Anglican 13.7%, Pentecostal 8.9% Seventh Day Adventist 4.4%, Methodist 3.6%, Church of God 1.9%, Brethren 1.6%), Roman Catholic 12%, other Christian 13% (includes Jehovah's Witness 1.1%), other 0.6%, none 1.9%, unspecified 2.6% (2010 est.) How many of these Christians were needed to touch and agree for the hurricane to pass over. And if you add American Christians to the Bahamian group prayers for the saving of lives and property how much agreeing was missing during the prayers that cause the hurricane to leave deaths and billions of dollars of destruction. Of the millions of Black praying Christians from America and the Bahamas why didn't their touching and agreeing in prayer work as Jesus stated it would? Was not the right (two of you) present during prayer that Jesus mentions to agree. By the way what type of Christians should they be to have made something happen, afterall Jesus is added to the prayer as he requested.

"In Jesus's name."

Why were lives lost and property damaged from this hurricane if two or more were praying. Do we need to consider 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) as the reason for unanswered prayer(s); 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Could that have been the downfall of the Bahamian people or did the Americans and their wicked ways forfeit the prayers. There are no justifications for why the prayers of the many Christians didn't save 70% of Bahamas homes and businesses or the many lives. Empirical evidence shows that the many prayers, including mine, for the Bahamas and other places didn't have an effect. Look at Puerto Rico with a lost of 2000 lives during the last hurricane. Hurricane Maria was a deadly Category 5 hurricane that devastated Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

You cannot tell me that these people of color didn't pray for a safe passage of life and property. Does an individual recoverying from a heart attack by assumed prayers of two or more people proves me wrong or better yet proves my hypothesis for unanswered prayers for the Bahamas and Puerto Rican people. Let's look at the big picture prayers for a country of millions rather than a person of one praying in some cold hospital chapel room doesn't tell a telling story about a successful prayer.