Why not pray? I think there are many reasons. One is that people don’t feel they know how to go about praying. Prayer wasn’t modeled for them. Other people don’t think that prayer really makes a difference. Perhaps they believe God is going to do what God is going to do regardless of prayer.
How do we react to challenges? Some people give up and say, “I guess it wasn’t meant to be.” Others decide that somehow they must have failed or that they aren’t good enough to have things work out well. Others blame themselves, God, and people around them and become bitter.