Ditto that. I believe in the power of prayer too. I also believe God gave us brains, curiosity, the desire for knowledge, science, and the tools and the need to use science to better our lives.
A devastating flash flood ravaged a town. The townspeople were advised to evacuate. Naturally a few stubborn souls stayed behind. The flood came and trapped them in houses. Then a few all-terrain vehicles came to get them, and naturally the old-timers gave in and left. Except one younger guy.
They stopped at his door. "Get in man, the flood's going to get worse! We'll take you out of here."
"God will save me" replied the man. Confused, the all terrain relief vehicles drove off.
The water rose higher, the man had to retreat to his second story. He prayed hard. A boat came by, stopped at his window. "Get in dude! We've got to get out of here."
"God will save me" replied the man. The boat motored off. The flood rose. The man had to retreat to his rooftop.
He prayed even harder! A helicopter flew by. Stopped, turned around, hovered and threw down a rope ladder. "For the love of all that is sane! GET IN!!"
"God will save me" he said. Utterly bewildered they flew off.
The man drowned.
At the pearly gates, he stands talking to God and St. Peter. "Why didn't you save me??" he cried. "I prayed and prayed, and the Bible said you would listen but you never helped me!"
"I gave you advanced warning, a 4 wheeler, a boat, and a helicopter! Why the hell didn't you take one of them??" God replied.