As a free-thinker / agnostic / theist of sorts, do not pray at all in everyday life.
… Okay, there are a few exceptional moments. Despite not having a religion, would actually pray to God – Jesus comes to mind, though would usually concentrate on the idea of God himself, perhaps because that’s the only religion have been exposed to when young – when am worried for the safety of someone, or in extreme nausea (am emetophobic – fear of vomiting).
Prayer helps when you’re in the moment of utmost despair and helplessness. It helps to think that you could clutch on to a hope provided by something divine to give you a miracle, as unlikely as it may seem – because let’s face it, there’s nothing to lose by praying. Except if you feel that by praying you’re being hypocritical about your personal beliefs. It’s like you don’t care for a certain friend which you have, and when you need the help of that friend, you let go your apprehension about said friend and seek help, but when you’re done you’re back to ignoring that friend.
So going by that, is prayer only for people with religion? Would it lessen your beliefs if as someone who doesn’t practice any faith, you suddenly break down and start praying?