On the subject of praying, I read a study a year or so ago, designed to find out if praying helped patients in hospital. There was an initial assumption that the prayed-for group (who knew they were being prayed for) would probably do better, just knowing people out there cared, but in fact they did worse. They were subject to more depression, and took significantly longer to recover than the control group. It seems that people knowing they are being prayed for are, in fact, under considerable stress to get better quickly, as they feel they are letting everyone down if they don't. So, prayer is actually counter-productive.
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. Joseph Chilton Pearce