Is there progress without prayers?
See, a prayer happens on two occasions, when you are very grateful then you thank God, 'Oh, thank God I got this, thank you so much! That is one aspect of prayer. The second aspect of prayer, I would say is when you are helpless. When you are utterly helpless, when you cannot manage something, when things are out of your hands, then either you get frustrated or you just pray to god, 'Please see that this thing happens'.
So prayer is a very good tool to save our minds and our hearts.
People who know how to pray will not have a nervous breakdown, perhaps. I would add perhaps there. So progress comes not just by prayer, but by your dynamic action.