Who says prayers and who says them regularly? Like before exams, matches, illnesses etc. or just in a daily/nightly routine or whatever.
Until relatively recently I was a bit of a prayer fan. I said them every night religiously(!) and it was the same routine every time which became quite tireseome and time consuming. I’d open with 2 Hail Marys, 2 Our Fathers, 2 Glory Be’s, 2 Oh Sacred Hearts and then 1 Hail Holy Queen.
Then would come the list of “special intentions.” Named my family by name and requested that they’d remain alive for the next 30 hours (that facilitated me going to bed at say 11 on a Thursday and then 5 on the Friday night without placing anyone in peril). Then I’d wish the same for their respective friends and for my wider relations and then people they care about not covered by the above - not sure who I was getting at there but was trying to cover off other eventualities.
Then covered much of the same ground but instead of staying alive it was about staying see from serious illness or disability. And again it was a 30 hour timeframe and the same folk were involved.
Then I’d move on to wishing for happiness and wealth and health for my personal future (I wasn’t covered by the first two intentions above). Onwards then to other stuff like exams when I was doing them and achieving success commesurate with the talents God had given me, left the success of that open to His divine interpretation.
Some other stuff used to feature from time to time such as football matches, Celtic, rugby I was playing, all sorts of weird stuff occassionally.
And then back to round it off with the same prayers from the start - 2 of everything again except 1 Hail Holy Queen as above. And then into bed and that was my day done.
I’d begin the morning with the same routine except without the special intentions and with only one set of the pair of prayers so to speak. Used to drive myself into a bit of a panic when I’d struggle to get the second pair in under the 30 hour mark due to an early bed-time then a late night.
Anyway don’t do any of it anymore, don’t remember why I stopped but glad I did because what I was at was only oul superstition anyway.