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I Am a Praying Person

Religious leaders are predictably more religious than any other leadership group. Ninety-five percent say they frequently engage in prayer. Scientists are the least religious group. Twenty-seven percent of them say they frequently engage in prayer.
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In the Navajo Indian language, the word most often used for prayer is a synonym for "holy person." For the Navajo, prayer cannot be understood apart from a person praying.2 Prayer is a person acting to recreate the original oneness of God and man.

One of the keys to establishing a consistent Christian prayer life is to become a praying person—and to see yourself as a praying person. Prayer is not a religious act divorced from an actor. It cannot be compartmentalized. It must be part of a person's self-perception. Until then, prayer will always be a dreary duty rather than a self-identifying action.

Sometimes this is a slowly developing awareness. Sometimes it happens almost overnight—like it did for Jerry Cook, a ...

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