Tim Keller wrote a book, titled Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God.
In an interview with Tony Reinke of desiringGod.org, he answers “10 Questions on Prayer“.
Below is a lightly edited transcript of the conversation . I was struck that the conversation begins with the question of what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called “the agony of prayerlessness.”
Question 1: Prayerlessness
Among Christians today, how widespread is prayerlessness — and what does that reveal about our spiritual health?
We know from empirical secular studies that everyone in our Western society today has less solitude. There is less and less of our days or our months or our weeks in which we are unplugged, when we are not listening to something or talking to somebody or texting. This is due to the pervasiveness of social media, the Internet, and various sorts of electronic devices. In the past, most people couldn’t avoid solitude. But now there isn’t any.
This is anecdotal, but everybody I talk to seems so busy, and is communicating so incessantly, and around the clock, that I do think there is more and more prayerlessness. There is less and less time where people go into a solitary place to pray. And I am sure that we are more prayerless than we have been in the past, and that says our spiritual health is in freefall.
For the rest of the interview, see “10 Questions on Prayer with Timothy Keller.”