There's a lot that could be prayed for, yet the very essance is always the same. Everyone is seeking that little bit of hope, that secret place within their heart, something to keep you going. Who wouldn't want to draw strengh from what calms your spirit, and an idea what's after our time on earth?
And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. And no one could learn the song except the one hundred forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the earth. - Revelation 14:3
Unlike all other creatures on earth, we humans have the ability (or inability as it could be considered a hindrance to general qualia) to worry about life after death, a literal postmortem retirement as it may be. Why do we spend our lives worrying about its antagonist?