Thankfully, in a democracy, votes trump prayers.
Let's rewind a bit. Sarda, a comedian asked him in a Q&A what he thought of the newly elected head of the Spanish bishops and remarked that the President should know that the bishops must've been praying for him to loose for the last week or so. At which point, Zapatero said the "Votes trump prayers" bit. I bet anything it makes it to tomorrow's papers.