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  •  It's Impossible to Force Anyone to Abstain (3+ / 0-)
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    from Christian prayer.

    Because by command of Christ, prayer is always to be unobserved.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jul 05, 2006 at 12:17:03 PM PDT

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    •  No, not unobserved! (1+ / 0-)
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      Don't misunderstand the meaning of the teaching that one should go into one's closet (private space) to pray.  After all, the same Christ taught that "whenever two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them."  The point isn't that prayer be hidden, although there certainly is a life hidden in God.  The point is that prayer be genuine.  

      Praying in order to be seen is wrong because it isn't prayer.  That kind of 'prayer' does not have God as its audience.  The purported dialogue is taking place between the person miming prayer and his/her admirers. That kind of mimed prayer is simply a narcissist's mirror, and is the very opposite from the conversation of a person who, in all humility, knows who s/he is before God.  True prayer reflects the image of God in the person praying -- and results in the deep reflected reflection of two mirrors aimed at each other, an infinity of regard and mutuality.

      Mimed prayer, on the other hand, reflects only the image of the praying person -- the 'mirror,' lacking the image of God, is empty.

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