Marybeth Hicks

Mr. Swaim says prayer is two-way communication, but that our relationships with God are now forced to bridge a digital divide. We’re so focused on the immediate, mostly superficial busyness of social networking, work-related messaging, entertainment media and “i-mania” that we don’t permit the one thing that facilitates authentic prayer: silence.

Ultimately, Mr. Swaim says, “Our instant access to information and to one another can foster in us a form of atrophy when it comes to certain skills and abilities, particularly those related to our ability to pray and to live our faith.”

In short, there’s just no substitute for tuning out from our digital pursuits and focusing our attention on communicating with God in the way he prefers — intimate conversation.

If there’s one way, though, that our digital age enhances prayer, it’s the use of the Internet to engage prayer warriors.

Thanks to frequent updates and invitations to pray, I’m lifting up today an 18-year-old cancer patient named Alex, and sadly, the family of a 39-year-old wife and mom of six who lost a brief but courageous battle with a rare blood disorder.

Rest in peace, Petra.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).