In many cases I agree that praying is asking to be discharged of individual choice and responsibility; of "life" perhaps. And, as impopular at that may be to modern minds, I see nothing wrong with that. It may be a deep desire, ignored or repressed most of the time, which comes up in time of crisis, and prayer may be the only way to express it.
On the other hand, prayer may reintroduce responsibility at another level, even if only an imaginary one. I find the Gospel sayings along the line of "if you really believe, whatever you ask you'll receive" particularly soul-searching from this perspective. If anyone does believe that (even for a moment), what will s/he ask?