"Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain,
but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved.
but hope for the patience to win my freedom."
Dr. Tagore, a Bodhisatta. p598 The Buddha and His Teachings. 1998
In fact I wonder if the belief in the efficaciousness of prayer is actually detrimental, in that it may breed inaction and complacency rather than doing something?
There is a strange familiarity, yet slight difference, with Jesus praying prior to his pending crucifixion "take this cup from me, yet not my will but yours be done"