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“American culture is probably the hardest place in the world to learn to pray. We are so busy that when we slow down to pray, we find it uncomfortable. We prize accomplishments, production. But prayer is nothing but talking to God. It feels useless, as if we are wasting time. Every bone in our body screams, ‘Get to work.’” 

Paul E. MillerA Praying Life3.

“American culture is probably the hardest place in the world to learn to pray. We are so busy that when we slow down to pray, we find it uncomfortable…When are aren’t working, we are used to being entertained. Television, the Internet, video games, and cell phones make free time as busy as work…Everywhere we go we hear background noise…Even church services can have that same restless energy. There is little space to be still before God. We want our money’s worth, so something should always be happening. We are uncomfortable with silence. in shambles. 

Paul E. MillerA Praying Life3.

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“Praying exposes how self-preoccupied we are and uncovers our doubts. It was easier on our faith not to pray. After a few minutes, our prayer is in shambles. Barely out of the starting gate, we collapse on the sidelines–cynical, guilty, and hopeless.” 

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“Something is wrong with us. Our natural desire to pray comes from Creation. We are made in the image of God. Our inability to pray comes from the Fall. Evil has marred the image. We want to talk to God but can’t. The friction of our desire to pray combined with our badly damaged prayer antennae, leads to constant frustration. It’s as if we’ve had a stroke.” 

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