The Quran talks about Salah, in English people normally translate Salah as prayer. Prayer if you open the dictionary means to beseech to ask for help. according to me, prayer is not the appropriate translation of the Arabic word Salah. what we do Dua after the Salah?
That is prayer.
The Salah is far superior to praying, in the Salah besides asking for help, we are getting Guided by Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ the Arabic word Salah comes from the root word Salah, means connection. the servant connects with Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ .
So Salah means connecting to God, I call it the programming towards righteousness. when we pray we read Surah Fateha, after that Imam is telling us, he’s giving us guidance, don’t lie, don’t cheat, five times a day we are being programmed towards righteousness.