Hotel owners find need for prayer trumps need for smart phones for Americans on their holidays…!

Interesting survey results from “across the pond” in an article called “Vacation survey finds Americans ditch smartphones; favor prayer” makes the British use of the word holidays – “holy days” – instead of the American “vacation” seem apropos even for Americans! 🙂

Maybe it should also prompt us to coin the term “smart prayer” for prayer that proves its practicality in transforming lives, including bringing about physical healing.  I wouldn’t go on vacation – or anywhere else! – without that!

You could say that Jesus describes such “smart prayer” when he says, “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?  Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.  The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this…”  (Matthew 6, The Message)  And then Jesus gave us The Lord’s Prayer.

Tough talking from one who proved that his prayers made a transformational difference to people’s lives, and who has given us this standard against which we can measure our own prayers…whether at home or on holiday!


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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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4 Comments on “Hotel owners find need for prayer trumps need for smart phones for Americans on their holidays…!”

  1. Pamela Cook
    July 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    tony –
    I’d love to take a look at the vacation survey you mention – but I’m getting your delightful error message page instead : )

    Can you help? Thanks much!

    • July 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

      Thanks for alerting me to this, Pamela. I have now fixed the faulty link.

  2. Pamela Cook
    July 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Thanks, Tony!
    I love this from the survey:
    ” Ranking highest on daily routines, Americans cannot go without prayer….”
    What a refreshing view of us Americans : )
    And it brings another view to the incessant reporting on bipartisanship and discord among us here. Prayer means we are hopeful! Grateful me : )

  3. July 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    That’s neat, and I certainly appreciated that aspect of life when I was in the US….I am pretty sure a similar survey on Brits or any European population would not yield the same results for now. Then again, prayer means many things to many people and many people who put prayer to one side are not rejecting true inner communion that listens for and hears an all-loving God, but prayer that is outward, or pleading, or self-serving.

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