Praying is a sign of hope for Pi. Pi is hoping to live through the night and he is trusting God to keep him safe. Instead of being terrified, he trusts God enough that he is able to be comforted in a very vulnerable state. Describing religious rituals, he practices, he says that “Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love-but sometimes it was so hard to love”(208). In Pi’s situation, it is only natural to question God and fear that no one is watching out for him. If he loses his belief then there is nothing holding him back from just giving up and dying.