Praying versus acting


The following advice is from a prayer book:

“Pray as if everything depended upon God, act as if everything depended on you.”

I think that this is consistent with the idea of NOMA, formulated by the biologist Stephen Gould. We exist in the material world; God exists in the spiritual world.

The context in which the idea of NOMA was formulated is summarized in my article about futile conflicts between theists and atheists:



I prefer

"Pray because everything depends on God and because without prayer you have little chance of peace as you carry out your course of action"

Gods will is always done, the only thing at issue is how content or miserable I will be as I walk through whatever His will is.


Amen Ret :).
That’s called carrying your cross


There is some validity to the adage Kowalski quoted, but it’s not the end-all, be-all for living life. There are times when God wants us to sit back and wait for Him to work. We can even interfere with His plans by working too hard, too often in an attempt to bring our will to pass, not His.