I used to pray to Deities for help and got lots of material things. I am not sure whether my prayers or my hard work contributed for this success.
However all those material things brought me great unhappiness.
So I do not pray to Deities anymore and ask for things. I take life as it comes and I pass my merits to them instead.
We can’t realise Nirvana By prying to Deities or Buddha. Buddha is only the teacher so we have to follow his teaching and attain Nirvana.
I have nothing against people who pray to God or Deities. It gives them some comfort. I see many people in local temple prying and asking for help. I
t is not easy for people to understand Buddhism. I still not have any great understanding about Karma, Rebirth and Nirvana.
So when people are in trouble I help them the way I can and ask them to pray and do hard work! For some people, I give a Dhamma book to read.
Buddha never taught Dhamma to a hungry person. He gave him some food first.