The Friendly Atheist in a post entitled New Police Chief Thinks Prayer Will Lower Crime Rates said,
“Or you could just, you know, skip the whole prayer step and start taking action right away. I’m no cop but I’m pretty sure Phase One of making any city safer isn’t “Waste a lot of time doing nothing.”
Here is what I said in the comments:
Prayer helps you care. Prayer inspires you to act. Prayer strengthens your resolve. Prayer reminds you how fortunate you are. Prayer prompts you to have radical ideas like “Street Pastors” which definitely do reduce crime. And yes, I do believe God listens to prayer, but even if he didn’t prayer should definitely be promoted!