Most of the world believes in some kind of higher power, be it the higher self, the divine, the creator, the holy spirit, or the God/Goddess. If that's the case, how many of us actually ask assistance from that source? I am a very spiritual person and yet I've never really prayed on a daily basis. As a child, I was raised to say my prayers every evening. However, they held little meaning other than something Mom insisted I do.
Now that I'm older, I'm recognizing the power of prayer. Prayer can be thought of as simply telling the universe (or your choice of higher power) your wishes and dreams. There is a big sense of relief and release when you pray in this fashion. You give up a little bit of control. There's a saying that in order to grasp something new, we must release what we are holding onto. By praying, we are inviting help from the universe. More importantly we admit we don't have all the answers. How tiring is it to go around trying to figure everything out all the time? If you believe in a loving God/dess, an intelligent universe, or a supportive divine spirit, then let that higher power do what it loves to do best: help you!
To further my point, imagine if your friend was in desperate need of something you had in abundance. Wouldn't you gladly and wholeheartedly give to that friend? Too many of us sit silently by wishing for things that are within our reach if only we simply ask. When we pray, we are tapping into the abundance of the universe. Also, by releasing our desires and frustrations and fears, we are then open to receive.
Today, think on your higher power. Before you go to bed, just say a simple prayer. If the word prayer itself hold too many connotations you cannot get over, just wish on a star instead. Speaking your dreams and desires out loud if only to yourself is just as powerful. Why not give it a try? Say your prayers. You may find yourself waking up feeling lighter, happier, and more free. And slowly watch your life transform into something magical if not divine.