"I would definitely say that this has made me a believer in prayer,” said Thomas. “To whomever you pray to. But if you do, and you do it diligently and with sincerity; your prayers will be answered.”Most people who fear they are going to die would be praying up a storm. So would their families. And that's our concern. When someone says, "if you pray diligently and with sincerity, your prayers will be answered," what does that imply about all the people whose prayers were not answered? Does that mean that Camille Cleverley's family just weren't diligent or sincere enough when they prayed that she would be found alive? Is the same true for Garrett Bardsley and his family? Destiny Norton's family? Samantha Mikewell's?
Of course that isn't what Mr. Garner means. He and his wife seem like nice people. But every time we hear someone say that they were found or rescued because they or their family prayed hard enough or sincerely enough (unlike the others), we cringe a little.