Some people, both pagan and non-pagan, are surprised when they criticize "religious" people and I speak up and say "Hey wait a minute, I'm very religious". I don't run around praising gods and goddesses all over the place, because my relationship with Them is quite personal and private.
But, like my grandmother, I have a list of people I pray for every night before I go to bed. The difference is that mine is written down on a piece of paper bordered with sigils for healing, blessing, protection, and comfort because I am a witch, and that's how I roll. On the odd occasion that I have to remove someone from the list for whatever reason, I rewrite the list. I also consecrate it once a month when the moon is full to keep the blessing "fresh" on it.
I know that because of a lot of peoples past relationship with various Christian churches the thought of what I do horrifies them, and some even think I'm just substituting pagan god names for the Christian god and doing something I grew up with. The catch is, I've never been Christian. I was never baptized, never attended church, etc. This is my pagan practice, my nightly ritual and spell work that I generally keep private.
Please note that I'm leaving a lot of details out, in the interest of *keeping* it private. But I can't help feel like it's almost my "dirty little secret" because if a lot of my pagan friends found out, they'd probably think less of me for it.
Well to heck with it. I'm coming out. I'm Pagan. I'm a Witch. I pray, and I'm proud of it.