Should I pray?
I'm getting on an airplane tonight. Should I pray it doesn't crash?
If my plane is about to crash, but I pray correctly, God will intervene and save the plane just because I asked right, as if he didn't know I would have preferred the plane not crash until I told him? Or, if God had intended the plane to crash, then he'll change his mind just for me, right? But then, why would he listen to me since he would know what's best for me and the plane anyway and do whatever he'd do even if I hadn't prayed? It's not like he's going to go, "Oh, you're right. I shouldn't let the plane crash. I hadn't thought of that. Thanks!"
If the plane ends up crashing anyway, then either it was "my time" or "God works in mysterious ways"?
So why pray at all?
"The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs" - Bill Maher