"Prayers are powerful and effective not because they alter God's providential plan but because they are a part of it."
What Harvard once was:
From the “Rules and Precepts Observed at Harvard College”, dated September 26, 1642:
“Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him (Proverbs 2, 3).”