Okay so I'm a beginner witch and have been practicing for only a little while now, but I had a situation come up recently that I need some advice on. I haven't thought much about having any specific deity to pray to, or if it would matter in the context of spell work. I recently did a spell wishing protection and courage for someone close to me since they're going through a hard time right now, and I told them about it (they know I'm a witch in practice), but they voiced concerns about WHO I'm praying to. In my practice, I communicate with "the Universe" since I haven't established any god or goddess to pray to. They said something along the lines of "Well, if you don't have a specific deity in mind to pray to when doing spells, who knows who, or WHAT, might be listening that you might not want to listen.." Essentially saying they think if I don't have a specific deity in mind to communicate with, then they think my wishes will be heard by "someone bad" or a demon even, and so it will invite something bad into my life or could even mess up the spell. Is any of that true? Am I supposed to have a deity (or deities) to pray to, or is just communicating with the Universe okay? I'm sorry this was a long post but I've been wondering about the context of deities in witchcraft and wondered what you guys thought. Anything helps. Thank you!