Prayer, it’s what the sanctimonious do when they feel bad about doing absolutely nothing, but don’t actually want to help.
It’s also what a certain brand of faith freak does if they want to think they’ve got power over you. They’ll tell you that they are praying for you, even though you don’t believe in their gods, and find it offensive that they think they’ve got the right to force something on you. All a bit….rapey, kind of….
So, if you’re watching TV and see something horrible happening to people elsewhere in the world, and you don’t really give a flying fuck about them but want your peers to think you do, gather your friends and have a little pray. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even fool your god into believing that you’re more than a self centred prick?
The rest of us will be doing something useful.