I think I get it. What you want is for things not to change. And when you discovered that science couldn't give that to you, you turned to religion instead. Well, I can't blame you for wanting things not to change.
The thing you don't get is that change is not only inevitable, it's unavoidable. We live in a world that is constantly changing, and we can't make it otherwise no matter how much we wish, or imagine, or pretend otherwise.
Here is what I think, from reading through SW's posts. He is an intelligent guy, but sometimes the unfairness and uncertainty of life is just too much. He has to know that he has some way to make things work out. Prayer clearly has no effect on who suffers, since the most religious, prayerful people in the world suffer the most. Who prays more sincerely and fervently than a family with starving children? And food never magically appears to save them.
Some families in Darfur starved to death during the civil war and other families got rich from it. Some workers in Bangladesh got crushed when a factory collapsed on them and others did not go to work that day. Some families in the US go bankrupt trying to pay for health care while folks a few miles away across the border in Canada don't have to worry about medical bills at all.
The godless people in the wealthy countries of Europe have the best lives overall. People who never pray even once, but have long, healthy, stable, happy lives.
So, he realizes at some level that he does not have control over everything, and that realization sucks. He has been through a lot of trials--a severely disabled wife, problems with kids, etc. He could either decide that, for no particular reason, his life is just harder than average and deal with that. Or he can try to find an explanation for it.
Well, rationally, there is no explanation. There really is no evil Satan or loving creator god. There is no ultimate answer to "why". But his brain can't tolerate that uncertainty. So he has created a fantasy world where, as long as he does what he thinks god wants, things will work out. Or at least not be a bad as they could be. So, he has invented a god who puts a bubble of protection around him and his family, as long as he prays right, "gives up his will" or whatever.
If that is how he keeps getting up every morning and puts one foot in front of the other, more power to him. But he is still living in a fantasy world....That is why his arguments are full of contradictions, why he rejects science while depending on it every day, etc.
Still, he has really livened up this board! I give him a +1 for that.