Too often, when there are disasters or catastrophes (flood, fire, volcano, earthquake, famine) you get all these people say “We’ll pray for you.”
Know what that does? Assuage the feelings of the person doing the prayers, and nothing else. Doesn’t help the person left homeless because their apartment building burned down. Doesn’t help earthquake/hurricane/flood survivors. It only soothes the person doing the praying, along with the “I prayed for you, so it’s in ‘God’s’ hands now.” This way, said person self absolves for doing absolutely nothing.
I would rather see 1000 people out there helping then hear a million saying “O, I will pray for you.” If they want those prayers to help, try sending $5, $1 or whatever to the disaster relief, or other organization that is getting aid to the people who need it, while they do their praying. Then, and only then, do prayers help.