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Prayer Won’t Save America From Its Mass Shootings Epidemic

I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian environment surrounded by people who swore upon the power of prayer. My mother, who I love and respect deeply, has a powerful testimony about prayer in her own life. I, on the other hand, never took to prayer. ┬áMaybe I didn’t clinch my hands tight enough or shut my eyes hard enough or speak the optimized words, in order to hear God.┬áThe act itself felt like bargaining with some psychic reserve I sought out in hopes of a loan or a fix rather than a communion with the creator of the universe. In church, as a child, I often found myself looking around the room as others prayed. What were they seeking and would they find it, I wondered.

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