Why Didn’t They Pray the Hurricane Away?

Why Didn’t They Pray the Hurricane Away? August 30, 2017

Pat Robertson says he once prayed away a hurricane that was going to hit Virginia Beach. Cindy Jacobs tried to pray away Hurricane Sandy back in 2012. In fact, in every such disaster, there were undoubtedly millions praying for it not to happen. And yet they happened. Hemant has the transcript of Bryan Fischer praying away Hurricane Harvey:


… I’m gonna pray aggressively and I want to make it clear that I have no directive from God that this is gonna do the trick. I’m not saying that. I’m praying a prayer of faith. We’re gonna take authority over the storm in Jesus’ name. We’re gonna rebuke this storm in Jesus’ name and all the demonic activity that might be behind it. Remember: Satan came to rob, kill, steal, and destroy. His energy could be behind this storm just as his energy may have been behind the storm that threatened the life of Christ and his disciples…

[In prayer]… We pray in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, that you would release that almighty power to restrain this storm, to hold it back, to turn it from the coast of Texas, to turn it back into the Gulf of Mexico where it could no longer threaten lives and threaten property. We pray that you would still these enormously powerful winds, that you would bring them to a place of calm, that you would still the rain, and that you would protect these coastal lands from the flooding and the damage of the windstorm.

And Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, we don’t know what role Satan has in this, but we are going to take authority in your powerful name, Lord Jesus, against any work of Satan that is involved in this. And we speak to the forces of Satan that may be behind this storm, to destroy and to kill, and we rebuke you in the all-powerful name of Jesus Christ. We rebuke the wind. We rebuke the waves in the name of Jesus Christ…

How’d that work out for you, Bryan? Was God not strong enough to stop Satan from sending the hurricane? Does he just not care about all the damage done by the hurricane? Or were you praying to nothing at all, something that does not exist and has nothing to do with the weather? Or are you just not as good at praying away disasters as Frank Amedia, who says he prayed a typhoon away from Hawaii to save his daughter? Do you lack the magical powers of Pat Robertson and Cindy Jacobs? Did God not give you the special code for the game, or at least a bottomless bowl of spaghetti?

And doesn’t this disprove part of that infallible bible? Jesus explicitly says in Matthew 18, “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Far more than two people prayed that Hurricane Harvey would not hit Texas, so why didn’t God answer their prayers and give them what they wanted? Jesus himself said he would. Funny how if you pray for anything to happen and it does, that proves that God is real and loves you and answers prayers, but if what you pray for doesn’t happen, that is magically not an argument against the existence of God or the reality of prayer.

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