State Senators of Louisiana unanimously voted to ask citizens to pray for God's help in dealing with the gulf oil disaster. 2 issues with this: 1) Should a government body assume it has the authority to ask citizens to pray? 2) Does this put prayer up to public ridicule? Is God going to miraculously cap the well and/or make the escaped oil disappear? If not, what should bystanders think about the value of prayer? If it is taken to mean "let's pray then go to work," help with the cleanup, donate, put pressure on the company, et al, that should exhort no one other than those who have or would pray without such direction. Meanwhile, if God does not stop natural disasters, what makes anyone think he will stop a man-made one?