Why Pray, How to Pray

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For close to two millennia Christians assumed the importance of prayer even if they themselves at times neglected to pray or prayed poorly. But in the past sixty years many have come to question why we should pray at all, seeing prayer as an escape from the responsibility of social action or as seeking 'magical' solutions to life's problems. Others have argued that it is a waste of time praying to God who seems not to have responded to pleas to stop events like the holocaust or natural disasters from happening.
Enzo Bianchi considers these and other objections to prayer in the first part of this book. He shows that such objections can serve to purify our understanding of what precisely prayer is. Only then, having considered the question of why we should pray, does he address the important issue of how to pray. He shows that prayer, correctly understood, remains an irreplaceable element of Christian life.