‘Who killed the Prayer Meeting?” is the chapter two title of Paul E. Miller’s newest book, “A Praying Church”. According to Miller, the answer is simple, “we did.” America is the hardest place to pray. Why? Because we are too busy. It takes time to pray and there is only so much time and there are so many programs that are important.

Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:7; Luke 19:46 all record Jesus’ words when he cleansed the temple: “My house shall be called a house of prayer…but you have made it a den of robbers.” The illustration is that the Jews in Jesus day had turned the outer court that was used by gentiles for prayer, into a place of commerce where they sold approved animals to be purchased to be used in the temple sacrifices. In other words, the business of running the temple was more important that spending time with God in prayer. Has the business of doing church become more important than spending time in prayer in our churches?

Chaplain David E. Snowdon.