Prayer is a controversial subject because it easily draws us into the realm of religion, faith and personal belief. Whatever the religious or philosophical background that shapes the act of prayer, it is worth remembering that prayer can have a deeply calming and reassuring influence on our feelings. Evidence suggests that spiritual pursuits can greatly enhance our health and well being. Awareness of our thoughts, feelings and behaviour, inner contemplation, prayer and meditation all serve to calm our thoughts and connect us to a deeper aspect of ourselves. The advantage of prayer is that it often focuses our attention on the needs of others, turning our concerns for ourselves towards the challenges that others must face in their lives. This can help us to put our own problems into a better context and, in praying for the welfare of others, we find peace and comfort in the face of our own, personal challenges. We are so much more than a collection of chemicals driven by our genetic programming. We should never underestimate the power of human potential nor dismiss too easily the power of prayer and contemplation.