No matter if you are an atheist or a devout believer, everyone prays. The problem is, most of us understand prayer as coming to a higher power to gain blessing or help. Prayer seems to be a kind of spiritual work we do to gain supernatural help for challenges we face in this world.
In such prayer, the focus inevitably is still on self – our needs, our wants, our fears. The gods then are not gods, but our servants who we are asking to do our bidding.