I actually like this rationalization for prayer.
“You know who I pray to? Joe Pesci. Two reasons: First of all, I think he's a good actor, okay? To me, that counts. Second, he looks like a guy who can get things done. Joe Pesci doesn't fuck around. In fact, Joe Pesci came through on a couple of things that God was having trouble with.” --George Carlin
@pzmyers It's a bit like when programmers explain their problems to a stuffed toy in their office.
Explaining things out loud helps to think problems through.
@pzmyers Ohhhh, so it is like coders have this Rubber Duck thing -- if you're stuck with code, pick up the item you've dedicated as your Rubber Duck and start explaining to it what you're trying to do, and it helps to focus. Writers also use it too, I got cats for that. My Didi is specifically good for listening to my code/writing woes, as she wants to sleep next to me wherever I am.