“But really, I ask you: does doubting that prayer would do any good for Richard Dawkins reflect lack of faith in him, or lack of faith in Christ?”
It reflects my growing belief that he is such a committed enemy of God and servant of evil that we’d have almost as much effect as praying for the devil himself.
If Jesus didn't want us to love our enemies, He wouldn't have said, "Love your enemies."
And it's interesting if you look at the whole sentence: "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven." Matt 5:44-45
Love enemies and pray for persecutors, why? It doesn't even guarantee that they'll be converted. It says that it's so YOU may be a child of your Father who is in heaven.
Not only Dawkins' salvation is hanging in the balance here. Ours is, too.