One Saturday night in the late nineties I was watching the Tom Hanks movie ‘Apollo 13’ on cable when I had an epiphany. It happened at that gripping moment in the movie when the space crew was about to reenter the earth’s atmosphere. Family and colleagues of the crew were praying, even the President called on the nation to “pray for the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew.”
Sitting on my couch, I was crying and I found myself praying too. I felt silly for crying and being so caught up in the movie. Drying my tears, I realized it might not be so silly, that in the Block Universe View my prayers really did matter. Even though I was praying twenty-five years after the fact, my prayers were still impacting on the aetheric web at that exact moment in 1970, and they were joined with all the other prayers occurring at the original moment, and anyone else like me in every future moment. It wasn’t silly to be praying, in fact, I would be remiss not to pray.
That historical depictions from books and movies are able draw down the power of prayer from the future is a most significant and beneficial aspect of the Block View. Our prayers do matter and time is not a barrier in the Block Universe View, which also happens to be the view of God our Creator.