[281 words] There has been a backlash in recent times against those who offer prayers during a tragedy. To some, the phrase has come to be an empty gesture, which acknowledges an issue but refuses to do anything about it. I’m sure that some of this is because of a growing atheistic mindset in our culture, but I also think some of it comes from the mistaken idea that prayer and action don’t go hand in hand. There is no greater example of someone who meshed prayer and action than that of Nehemiah. When he heard of the tragedy that… Log in or Register to save this content for later.