Here is the next passage of Philip Yancy’s book “Prayer” that I wanted to share:
Today life conspires against a regular, satisfying prayer time. Reading the classic devotional literature, I am struck by how much of it came from the pens of people who living in communities organized for that purpose (such as convents and monasteries) or from those who had servants to handle the time-consuming chores (they say nothing of the servants’ prayer lives). I find scant advice on prayer written by a mother of three teenagers or an excustive who puts in seventy-hour weeks at the office.
Add to modern hindrance the barrage of ‘noise’ in an information society – chat rooms, mobile phones, television, text messagings, iPods, BlackBerry Internet devices – and prayer simply gets drowned out.