Praying For Unbelievers

People, usually secularists, are often asking me to pray for them. Most of the time it just trips off their tongues without much thought.

A friend just told me: " So, if you ever say prayers for us wretched unbelievers, now’d be the time… "

I don’t pray much. It usually feels like an empty ritual to me. I hardly pray for myself let alone for anyone else. I just say the prayers in the book, though that usually does open me up to talking to God a bit in my own words. I always leave prayer feeling better. It’s a good ritual but boring as hell. I prefer yoga.

Secular people seem to more often associate religious people such as myself with prayer more than with righteous behavior.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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