I am a little disgusted by some of the supposed Christians who say that now more than ever they need our prayers. what they need is FOOD and MONEY.
Notice that everytime Jesus went to the hungry or sick, he FED or HEALED them first and talked later. If Jesus was anything like what many supposed Christians are today, he would have just prayed about them and done nothing.
Prayer is something you do when you have no power to do anything. Jesus didn't pray about anything he had power to do himself. Even when he spoke out loud when raising Lazarus, he said it was to the benefit of those hearing. Jesus prayed in Gesthamane about something that was the Father's will. That's the only time he prayed, that I recall. The rest he did himself.
'Prayer is a good excuse for inaction' is very true. Unless you have nothing to give - you should be giving something they really need. I think Jesus would have been ashamed of some of these lazy people who mumble a few words to absolve themselves of responsibility and don't want to give anything or get their precious hands dirty.