Prayer may be the most primordial act of the human spirit.
Prayer is considered a “religious” act, but it is also a profoundly “human” act. Every human heart/life needs the outlet of prayer. And, indeed, I think prayer is the last act considered “religious” that a human gives up.
Private, personal prayer is a form of speech freed from the opinion of others, freed from the approval or condemnation of others.
If one truly prays, one might get to one’s innermost core…and be truly honest.
The idea that riddance of the thought of God frees the human for greater endeavor flies in the face of so much of what we know about a human being.
One of my problems with the idea of “no God” is where it leaves the human being. Without an outlet. Self-contained. This is not good for a human being, I think.