Why We Still Pray, Even After New Zealand Attack

3/18/19
 
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from The Daily Signal,
3/15/19:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted after the horrific attacks on two New Zealand mosques that led to at least 49 dead:

Of course, Ocasio-Cortez’s desire to end these kind of tragedies is understandable and laudable—although she and I would probably differ on the right ways to address this.

But, regardless of tragedies, prayer matters.

Ocasio-Cortez’s comment shows an understanding of prayer that sees it as about results achieved.

But prayer isn’t about results—it’s about a relationship with God.

At the end of the day, I believe our prayers are good, are worth doing—even as we are speechless and silent in horror after attacks like the one in New Zealand.

So I’m reprinting here an essay I wrote in 2017 for The Daily Signal about the Sutherland shooting:

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