James McKelvie Posted over 3 years ago Has anyone else witnessed the power of mass focused prayer? Prayer works if you believe it works. It works by ignoring when it doesn't work and celebrating when it does (confirmational bias). Praying for something to happen and hoping for something to happen are essentially the same thing, The difference being that the person hoping for something does not believe that the act of them hoping increases the odds of a successful outcome. I have not witnessed the power of mass focused prayer.