Two constants in our world are 1) every culture has a flat bread and 2) every religiious/belief system group has prayer elements common to all. Please understand that I use the word "every" loosely. I'm sure somewhere there's a culture or group that does things differently. Ditto with the word "prayer." Just suspend your picknits for a bit, ok?
Flatbread: tortillas, pita, pizza crust
Prayer: clearly visualize/verbalize what you want, release the energy into the universe.
Christian prayer: visualize/verbalize what you want and release it to God to deal with
Buddist prayer: visualize/verbalize what you want and release the energy to the universe
Pagan prayer: visualize/verbalize what you want and release the energy to diety of choice
Many, many, many goal setting systems: visualize/verbalize what you want and focus on it to cause the goal to manifest (from the energy of the universe)
Not having studied lots of religious/belief systems, if my readership (such as it isn't right now) would like to point out such a group that doesn't do a variation on this visualize and release, let me know. Or one that doesn't have a flatbred, either.