Thursday, March 29, 2007

Men without a Prayer

For a while I've had in mind to write a post on the essence of men's trouble in today's world. Now I don't have to...Dan at Cerulean Sanctum has nailed it. Here's his conclusion, but go read the rest, it's great.

what [men] get from the church on Sunday doesn’t have enough steam to get them past the gauntlet of potential incompetence they must run through the rest of the week. The car breaks down, and it’s so complex they can’t fix it. When their kids ask for help on algebra, they can’t do it. They can’t work enough hours in the week to avoid the offshoring due to hit their company. They can’t meet all the requirements the parachurch ministry says they must meet to be a Christian husband. They don’t even know where to start in prayer to address all these lacks. So they don’t even try.

And that’s my take on why men today don’t pray.

Well said, Sir Dan.

Sir Chuck

1 comment:

  1. The daily grind has always been with us. Yet their have always been some people to whom prayer was as natural as talling to a neighbor. Remember Tevye the Dairyman("I know it's no shame to be poor-but it's know great honor either. So would it have been so terrible if I had a small fortune?""Did Adam and Eve have a matchmaker...Yes""Rabbi is there a blessing for the Czar?").
    That frame of mind requires one to be so accustomed to praying that he really doesn't see anything unusual about it. It requires practice and a certain understanding of God. And perhaps it has less to do with people's good will sometimes and more to do with people's experience.
    It is possible to have a curious shyness-to think of approaching God as being like approaching the Queen. Which of course in some ways it is but there is another side to it. Which means there are a lot of people who have the energy to pray formally but don't know how to
    pray spontaneously because if they tried to pray in everyday matters they would think they would have to do so in the same way they make the more formal type of prayer.

    Sir Jason