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'... the most widespread difficulty today turns not so much on how to pray but on why we should pray and that, as a consequence, we are witnessing a kind of demise of personal prayer.'
For close to two millennia Christians assumed the importance of prayer even if they themselves at times neglected to pray or prayed poorly. But in the past sixty years many have come to question why we should pray at all, seeing prayer as an escape from the responsibility of social action or as seeking 'magical' solutions to life's problems. Others have argued that it is a waste of time praying to God who seems not to have responded to pleas to stop events like the holocaust or natural disasters from happening.