Below is an excerpt from Gregg Bradens' book on how prayer is a part of the energy focused emotional asking of the universe.
Gregg Braden "The foundation of everything that we're saying here is that the words of prayers themselves are not the prayers. While the words may be beautiful, ancient and time-honored relics, they're simply the catalysts to unleash a force. And the force is within you! 'You' is the operative word here. Just as the code in a computer sets a series of events into motion, our words trigger feeling in our bodies. But neither the code nor the words have any power until they're given meaning. For the code, it's the computer's operating system. For our words, it's our feelings." The Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer, Gregg Braden, Page 180