I had a discussion reason with an acquaintance about the coal industry and its impacts on Appalachia which got me thinking about prayer. Here's a bit of background: Acquaintance: Ultra-conservative, evangelical Christian, grew up in coal country, wants Trump to bring it back because they believe it's the key to economic security and not as environmentally damaging as many have said. Me: Centrist, Christian (no current religious affiliation), grew up in coal country, wants it to go away because I believe it's bad on a number of fronts. Alright, here we go: My acquaintance prays for the coal industry to return and it does. Where does that leave my prayers for it go away? I pray for the coal industry to go away and it does. Where does that leave my acquaintance's prayers? Is praying about something like this even reasonable? If yes, why? If not, why? In short, how can one reconcile whether to pray for something like this and then deal with the aftermath (seemingly answered or seemingly unanswered)?