Does prayer work for you.....or do you use it to feel better about a dire situation? God can't lose here,your situation either gets resolved,credit goes to God hearing you,it does not get resolved,God is teaching you a valuable lesson. God wins in the believers eyes everytime,even when he is a vindictive prick for putting you in the situation in the first place.
Yes prayer works for me but no I do not give credit like that. This is my general outlook, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all." (Ecc 9:11)
If you believe your above statements are true,should you pray? If you pray but also say God should not have to do X or Y,why pray? Like I said God wins either way,he changes his plan for you and grants your prayer or he keeps you on the path he has set for you and you suffer a little. Mind you,you don't really "suffer" like the starving children do. The end result for them is death,and worse if they fail to accept Jesus,their fate Hell for MORE suffering.
Are you suggesting that because I am not starving that there are no Christians in the world starving? How about the ones that are just outright persecuted, tortured, and killed because of their beliefs? Have you ever considered how or why they maintain their integrity? The world is bigger than you and I and those little children. How about the ones that have had to deal with atheistic Marxist governments, and still do.
But most theists always say "goddidit" whenever something good happens, but never when something bad happens. A plane crashes, an earthquake strikes, a tsunami makes landfall, and it's always "god's grace" that allowed any survivors at all, but it's never god's fault it happened in the first place? Why do you get to have it both ways?
Just because someone says "goddidit" does not make it so. Ecc 9:11 above shows that everything "good" or "bad" that happens is not because of divine intervention. The Bible says that every "good and perfect gift" comes down from heaven but not that everything that happens is because of the expression of divine will.
If some unexplained thing happens and it works out for the good, say a plane is saved from crashing sparing many lives, maybe it was divine intervention and maybe it wasn't. There is no evidence either way and believing it was an act of God does not make is so. Nor does believing it was not an act of God make that so. But it still would not be inappropriate to thank God if for no other reason than to thank him that good things happen.
He has? Why doesn't the earth then produce more than enough food? I'll tell you why. It can't. Not without human intervention.
You act as if thought Jehovah did not think of that. "And Jehovah God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." (Gen 2:15) So once again any failure would be ours and not God's. The earth has everything it needs, and humans are an important part of that need. It is ours to take care of.
If gods exist, they should do something, yet there is no evidence of them doing anything, benevolent or otherwise.
He has given us guidance to direct us for our own good. We would benefit by taking that guidance. But it is entirely possible that his ultimate solution for mankind's problems is still future.