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Oh I fully acknowledged it can seem that way. I've known several people who claim to have gained personally from prayer. Some quite closely. I've known several hundred, myself included, who have gained from scientology. The claims made on behalf of prayer do not typically align well with the benefits known to be had from auditing.
People attribute positive developments to things they believe in. Scientology actively encourages this, getting people to write success stories, focus on "wins" rather than the supposed EP of whatever they are running, etc. It is almost as if it were deliberately engineered to exploit this well-established human tendency.
This doesn't mean that there is no causal relationship between Scientology auditing and the results but it does mean that all the positive anecdotes in the world are not all that compelling, particularly since they tend to be generic rather than specific to what Scientology delivers.