A Catholic one can quite easily get an idea of what is involved and the nature of ritualistic prayer by simply trying to say the Angelus three times consecutively at 6PM one evening. The Angelus is the Holy Mother's favorite prayer and 6 PM is the time it is to be said. All one needs to do is add a little intention beforehand and one has the ingredients for a small ritual prayer, the number is three, the time it is done is 6PM and the intention.
These same principals can be used by anyone and any religion to make a powerful appeal to be heard and get an answer to their prayer. It is not to be taken lightly as well might be imagined.