Prayer without action is hopeless. Action without prayer is efficient.
Case in point: The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports on a the trial of Estelle Walker who ran out of food in 2005, watched her five children, then aged 8 to 18, waste away, and did not lift a finger to find food for her family. Why? “We were supposed to wait for God to provide,” said Walker’s oldest daughter, now 21. “And that’s what we did.”
Neighbors finally called the police, the paper reports, and found some of the kids, who had gone 11 days without food, so weak they could not speak.
Walker refused a plea deal that would had sentenced her to time served in exchange for seeking psychiatric help.
And another point that this sad tale of supernatural belief supports: Religion must not be exempt from rational criticism.