Over at Patheos a less known blogger suggests that prayer and masturbation are different manifestations of the same thing.
The argument presented by Kaveh Mousavi is somewhat clever, however I suspect masturbation may be better for you, as it includes, typically, at least a few seconds of elevated heart rate, not a phenomenon typically associated with prayer.
Masturbation and prayer are, basically, the same thing. You’re thinking of someone else who will not be affected by your actions, or you’re thinking of someone who doesn’t exist, and you feel satisfied because of this private action.
Take good care of your heart and circulatory system by masturbating instead of praying.
My own discovery of masturbation prompted a re-examination of the crap pumped into my skull by HRCC in my childhood. Once my developing critical thinking skills turned their focus onto theology the writing was on the wall for horrendously manipulative bullshit used to control people's lives.
I quickly realized that any creature that wanted to torture me eternally for such a victimless non-crime was simply my enemy. As I considered how I might defeat an invisible antagonist with superpowers I soon realized that if something is so preposterous that it could not be true, then it is not true.