I had to mention this before I went to bed and forgot :p.
I watched a clip from The View about Prayer and how Obama was getting grilled by some woman about the need of it. Long story short, Elizabeth got into it with Joy about prayer being anti-intellectual and illogical. Guess what, it is, but not in a bad way.
You may notice that when people die there are some who are calm and practical and others who are emotionally charged. The people who are pratical will note the cause of death and are better able to understand why things are the way they are, and thus their grief (while they may still have it), doesn't last long. People who are crying and wailing and angry and physically hurt have no room to think. It's okay to feel this way, particularly when it's someone you love because it's only human to do so. If you lack the capacity for emotion of this kind, then something isn't right.
Prayer isn't rational. It's a means of coping, just like emotional grief. It simultaneously admits that we humans cannot do everything yet at the same time assumes there is something or someone beyond us who can. We have no way of knowing whether or not this is true, and so to claim to know that prayer works is illogical.
But prayer is also benign. No one is trying to take it away from the religious, we're just saying that there is a time and a place for it. Your home, your church, your heart. Anywhere else, logic and practicality have to dominate. Otherwise we'd be sitting on our knees until we all passed from dehydration...or something.
I just wanted to share my thoughts before I hit the sack.