Prayers are always answered. Unfortunately, the answer is usually

A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many
regrets. -Arthur C. Clarke

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
-Gerry Spence

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing
in a garage makes you a car.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

There is a continuing, mandatory need for heresy in its most profound
sense; for freedom to choose and follow truth wherever it leads.
-William Edelen 

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- that myth is
more potent than history. I believe that dreams are more powerful than
facts -- That hope always triumphs over experience -- That laughter is
the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than
death. -Robert Fulghum

The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the
point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
-George Bernard Shaw

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. 
-Bertrand Russell 

God doesn't call the equipped. He equips the called.

There is more faith in an honest doubt, believe me, than in half the
creeds. -Alfred, Lord Tennyson

You exchanged your faith for evidence. You stopped believing in what
you knew, and you started believing in what you saw. But you see,
faith is the evidence of what you can't see.

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was making everyone believe
it didn't exist!

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine with only
interests. -John Stuart Mill

Believe in magnetism, not needles. -Emerson

Prayer doesn't change things. It changes people and they change

Little boy's prayer; "God bless Mother and Daddy, my brother and
sister, and God, do take care of yourself because if anything happens
to you, we're all sunk."

Sitting still and wishing
Made no person great;
The good Lord sends the fishing,
but you must dig the bait.

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
-Wilson Mizner

The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly
teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
-Mark Twain

I considered atheism, but there weren't enough holidays.