I remember congratulating a young man on his first sermon. The topic was prayer and he did very well for his first effort. Responding to my compliment on his performance, he replied, â€œThanks, but I couldnâ€™t loose. Whoâ€™s not going to agree that prayer is important?â€
Despite his motives for choosing a â€œsafeâ€ topic to address in his first sermon, the young man was right, who doesnâ€™t agree that prayer is important? Prayer is a â€œgivenâ€ in the Christian life. It is foundational to continuing spiritual growth, including learning about the Christian life in formal educational settings.