We all pray. The act of communing with a Higher Power is as an innate survival mechanism as any bodily function. Just as our bodies depend on the involuntary process of breathing, our mind depends on prayer for the survival of the spirit. You may say “but I don’t pray.” We all pray, perhaps not in the way we define as prayer. When the mind communes with a higher part of itself in order to seek answers dormant in our awareness, we are praying. We may do this with words, songs, cries, thoughts, or even understanding. If all things spiritual originate from within, then prayer is the projection, the outward demonstration of an inner dealing by which the mind orients itself and gains purpose. We shouldn’t look for prayer as a part of a ritual that fulfills some kind of religious obligation, but as the guiding system that provides direction towards our highest good. In prayer, the pious and atheist find answers to common problems. Whether visible prayer is part of our daily lives or not, we all pray ceaselessly.