The value of silent prayer

The irony of it all is that according to Jesus in the gospel of Matthew, no prayers should ever be said in public

For weeks we’ve been subjected to the sight of millions of people being prayed at by thousands of priests, and millions of prayers have been said in thousands of churches all over the world, and all this in contravention to the words of Jesus.

The irony of it all is that according to Jesus in the gospel of Matthew, (6), no prayers should ever be said in public. His actual words are “and when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues (churches), that they may be seen by men…. But when you pray, go into your closet and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And in praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think they will be heard for their many words, do not be like them for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this. Our Father which art in heaven…,” etc.

I think the last Christian died 2,000 years ago.

Owen Fauvel

 

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