I am not religous, but I think prayer works because of mind over matter. If you believe something hard enough, it will become true for you. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that I pray occasionaly. I am not a materialist. I believe in supernatural things. I am somewhat skeptical of most ghost stories, but I have had to many of my own experiences to say they don't exist. You just have to keep in mind that most stories about the supernatural are very exaggerated.