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There are those scoffers and diminishers of prayer.  A scoffer will say it doesn’t work, while a diminisher will tell you, “all I can do is pray” (betraying a very wrong view of prayer!).  Good true prayer “works”– the scoffers have no studies to tell them that it does – or does not (which is what they claim they want); diminishers don’t seem to realize that prayer is 1) the best and first thing to do for the person 2) gives light/guidance for action.

“More Things Are Wrought By Prayer”

More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of.
Wherefore let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats,
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer,
Both for themselves and those who call them friend.
For so the whole round earth is every way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.

—by Alfred, Lord Tennyson