I have found that it does not matter what religion you belong to or what your belief system is. When it comes to praying you have to first believe that it works beyond a doubt. Then after you have said the prayer you have to believe that it is already taking place and that the wheels are set in motion so to speak. So visualizing has a lot to do with it, you have to see in your minds eye the outcome taking place and starting to work even before it has. This is why some people use candles and rituals plus more as their is really no power in them by themselves, but it is a way to help someone to focus on what they are praying about. A spell works the same way when someone uses chants or affirmations it helps them to focus and puts them in a different state of mind. When it really comes down to it, you don`t really need props like candles, rituals, chants, drumming, church buildings, praise and worship songs and more just positive thinking and good visualisation skills, also a believe that what you have asked for has already been put in motion and is taking place and to hold onto that thought. But that does not mean just to sit back and wait for it to happen as more often than not it does not work like this. You have to go out and put yourself in the position where it is most likely to happen. That all depends on what you have asked for also. Not only this but the motives behind what you have asked for play a big part in this as well. Prayers, spells or what ever method you use that works the same way should always be based on what you need and not so much on what you want. As the universe, deity, God force, powers that be or what ever, they mostly give you what to need in your life and not what you want. It also helps to be spot on in regards to what you are asking for or it may come in away you did not wish it. An example would be, if you where asking for some extra money to come your way as you where having trouble with finances. This would be a need rather than a want forsure, but then two weeks later a family member dies unexpectedly and you are left with some money they had left for you in their will. This person may not have had to pass on if you had been more direct with what you asked. So when praying for something and things like this it is important to be careful and not let your thoughts get in the way and also what you are visualising and how you are asking for it.... the same would apply to meditation. This is why it is very important to learn to work on visualisation methods and focusing methods first to master them. Positive thinking works in much the same way as thoughts are very powerful and sometimes can work against you and may even be the reason for the troubles in your life. So also using prayer you need to have your thoughts under control. As when you are doing things like this and the same for meditation, many thoughts may enter your mind and they can be a distraction and even stop what you are praying for or about from happening. Also I would like to add that if you put a lot of emotion into it and feelings, this also can help raise the energy and vibrations that will help. I like to sometimes take a ritual bath and clean my aura then put on different clothes and find my quite spot where I will not be distracted, as location is also important. Sometimes I fast and sometimes not as this can help put me in the right mind set. I do not know if you have read the book the "The Secret" it is a very good book and something I got a lot out of to help me more with what I call personal power. Take charge of yourself today, make the magick happen ~ Orion Silverstar.