Prayer will indeed help us, but the way he says it isn't the proper way. In fact, it's the opposite of what we need to do.
Imagine you have a girl that follows you everywhere. She won't talk to you when you ask her to talk to you, and constantly bullies you, but whenever she needs something, she bothers you and bothers you. Would you give her help? I don't think you would.
It's more about praying, then taking action. In fact, praying is optional if you don't want to. Just take action, and hope for the best.