When you expend the mental energy—in your mind where no one else can hear—to ask for something, who in the world do you believe you are praying to? You might say you believe in the power of karma or heck, maybe even the “force.” Whatever name you put on it, you are praying to someone bigger than yourself. I think you’re kidding yourself if deep down you are looking for protection and comfort when you make your “prayer.”
I also believe that when you get to this point of acceptance you are ready to go all the way. Take the time and make the effort to stop what you are doing, in a private place if possible, and clear your mind of pride, arrogance and hatred. Allow God to take control of your life for the duration of the prayer. Prayer is simply a way to ask God to kneel down beside you, comfort and protect you. This time with God refreshes and restores you, providing you with the strength to face whatever is coming at you. Once you are granted this inner peace your mind clears of fear and anxiety, allowing you to confront the situation with all your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual resources.