First, My Friend - and I think you know you ARE my friend - YOU were the one who said, "If we've evolved to do it, can't be valueless can it?" which implies that you believe we do.
My premise, is that we evolve certain features, and then explore how many uses we can find for those features. Some of those uses have actual value, some have perceived value, while others have no value whatever, or even negative value, such as drug and alcohol abuse, yet those with self-destructive personalities will attach value to them, which act is actually delusional.
As I mentioned in another comment to June, prayer is a crutch, a perceived value, rather than an actual one, that - imo - retards the development of self-reliance.
As an adult beyond the age of consent, you're of course free to pray all you like, to whomever (or whatever) you like, I'm only saying that it might be mentally healthier if you confined your prayers to Chester, who would likely appreciate the additional attention, and in that way, you EACH receive some actual value from the experience.
RE: "prayer kicks in when we feel we need a little help. Debating Unseen, for example" - yes, I can envision it might do him some good, after all, he needs all the help he can get, real OR imaginary.
RE: "I am your friend. I prayed for it." To Chester, I hope --
Yes, love and despair can cause one to act irrational.
Good God no ! (whoops!)
Just say to yourself "Thank God I Am An Atheist" 1000 times and that will be penance for your sin.
Have you ever noticed that the only prayers GOD answers are those of winners and survivors?
What is the harm in that sort of crutch? If there is nothing to appeal to then it shouldn't matter that you appealed to it. No harm, No foul.
Oh how amazingly ironic! That's better than my chocolate Jesus fish! Fantastic! Post the picture, Marc, if you still have it!