Prayer: Better Without Words

In simpler ages of faith, men found it as natural and normal to pray as to till a field or yoke a brace of oxen. But prayer, like good conversation, seems to be one of the lost arts of the 20th century. After mumbling through the Lord's Prayer, modern man wonders what to do next: Ask God for a raise, or thank him for a happy vacation? What kind of words should he use?

Whys & Hows. These are laymen's questions, and they provoked a layman's answer from Clive Staples Lewis, the devout, witty...

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