I’m getting sick of seeing “Pray for Japan” signs and slogans everywhere on the Internet. How is praying for Japan going to help? If god actually cared about Japan in the first place he wouldn’t have allow the earthquake and tsunami to happen so why ask him now to help people he obviously was intent on destroying in the first place? Unless he didn’t want the earthquake and tsunami to happen, then he is not all powerful so why bother asking him to intervene? If he didn’t have the power to stop it in the first place what makes you believe that he can do anything to help now? Ah, you say, the earthquake and tsunami were his will. Well then, if it was his will, the why try to get him to do anything since whatever is going to happen is also his will so prayer wouldn’t make a difference anyway.
Prayer by its very nature is an attempt to get god to do something that we want him to do, or in other words, to try to get him to change the outcome of a future that he has already planned out anyway. In this case then, prayer is useless. God has decided what will happen and asking for things to work out differently than what he has planned is useless, so therefore prayer is useless. The only reasonable course of action in a universe with an all-knowing god is to just go with the flow. If you pray and it works out how you wanted, it was going to be that way anyway so your prayer effectively had no effect. If you pray and it doesn’t work out the way you wanted then it wasn’t god’s will and again, your prayer had no effect. Praying does nothing to help or change anything because god has already decided what is going to happen anyway. Of course all this assumes that an all-powerful, all-knowing god even exists. You all should know by now how I feel about that.
If you really want to help Japan, donate time or money to organizations that are actually doing something to help. Pray if it makes you feel better, but don’t assume that your prayer will in anyway help anyone.