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I was tremendously challenged by a conversational exchange in a short-lived situation comedy. It was a comedy where the late Danny Thomas played a doctor. There was a scene in “The Practice” where a nurse overhears Thomas’ character praying. When she comments on it, the doctor denies it. “I was not praying,” he argued, “I was talking to God.”

How horrible it is that society thinks of prayer as something where we have to use archaic language and “Insert the right pious-sounding theological term or expression here.” How sad it is to think that prayer has become, at least in the minds of the general public, something that is separate and distinct from conversing with God. Frankly, the very fact that we can converse with God is testimony to the fact that we have a relationship with the living Lord.

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