There is a tendency among some to regard prayer as requiring specialized knowledge and skills. To those who place faith in traditional wording of prayer, for example, we may say that there is no more need to use "thee" and "thou" in our prayers than there is to use Roman numerals in our hymnbooks. Prayer embodies more trust than technique, more faith than formula. So Jesus urges us to keep on praying and not to lose heart. An old Olney hymn, in a homey manner, reflects one person's puzzlement over the results of prayer: I asked the Lord that I might grow,
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.