I was listening to something by Bob Proctor and what he said really resonated with me. I had heard as a young boy in religious education, in Catholic High School, and as part of the New Age paradigm that if you prayed, or focused your attention (the secret) on whatever you wanted God/The Universe would make it come true. Then Bob Proctor said this:
God is not your Cosmic Bell Captain, that is just going to run because you spoke. You must act!
This is often left out from both practices in my experience. If your friend or family member is sick; pray or ask the universe for assistance, then pick up the phone and call them or go visit. If you desire financial abundance, pray or ask the universe for assistance, then go out and create a new financial path for yourself.
“Prayer” is the method of moving the energy from “No-thing” to an idea, but you must ACT upon that idea.