Prayer has always struck me as not only silly but the height of egotism. Assuming you believe in prayer and in God then you also believe that God has a plan. If God has a plan then who on earth are you to try and convince him otherwise. If you pray for little Jimmy’s safety on the road and he gets in a car crash you need to assume on of three things:
1. God heard you and ignored you because he has a plan;
2. God has no control over whether Jimmy is safe on the road which makes your prayers futile to begin with;
3. God was busy and didn’t hear you or doesn’t care (or hey, DOESN”T EXIST!)
So, once little Jimmy is in a car crash, what do most people do? They pray for him to get better. So now, if number one is the case and God has a plan, you are asking him (the ruler of the universe) to change his mind because clearly, his plan is somehow flawed (the arrogance!). If number 2 is the case and God doesn’t control these types of things then you would be better using your energy to talk to Jimmy’s doctors about the medical options available to him. And if the third option is true and God didn’t pay attention to your please to keep Jimmy safe then what makes you think he will listen now?
Also, praying to win the football game? Really – it’s embarassing.