The Authenticity of Prayer

Prayer is a natural and authentic substratum of language. But there is irony here: prayer, language at its most honest, is also the easiest form of language to fake. We discover early on that we can pretend to pray, use words of prayer, practice the forms of prayer, assume postures of prayer, acquire a reputation for prayer, and never pray. Our ‘prayers,’ so called, become a camouflage to cover up a life of nonprayer.
— Eugene Peterson
These practices of prayer do not just shape our prayer lives or worship styles, they shape us.
— Tish Harrison Warren