Nothing illustrates my feelings toward prayer better than this video
Start watching at about :53 seconds in. The Reverend Otis Moss Jr. prays in such a way that it sounds like a Vincent Price narration on the B-roll of a 1950’s horror movie.
Nothing is more pretentious and self-aggrandizing than a Reverend whose prayers are so affected by his own self-awareness.
Besides, if people knew that prayer actually decreases the chances of achieving that is what is being prayed for, they would simply stop … if they cared.