The truth is that if feels very weak to simply show up spend 2 hours sitting, say one public prayer and then leave. However, we cannot underestimate the power of being present when crisis occurs. The truth is we weren't saying one prayer, each of us were praying that entire trip to Little Rock and back and while sitting there. When crises happen, we realize just how temporal is our world and how eternal is our God. Our presence with the family was 2 hours, our prayers though are still echoing in the ear of God.
As people who journey together we must be willing to be a presence, even if it is temporary and we must be willing to pray, which is eternal. God brings the two together. God uses our presence to be His presence to those in need and he hears and responds to our prayers. So, any time I walk into a nursing home, hospital room, or the living room of the grieving I am a presence of God with an eternal word. And people respond to our presence with overwhelming appreciation and our prayers with hope, trust, and love. They may not in that time be able to speak holy words, but they trust us as brothers and sisters to be their ambassadors to the Divine.
Never underestimate your presence with people.
Never discount your prayers to God.
Both Humans and God find them meaningful and holy.