Because I am a retired Episcopal priest, prayer has long been a significant part of my day. My wife and I begin every morning with an extended time of Scripture study and prayer. We hope that being daily in prayerful conversation with our Lord Jesus enhances the quality of our relationships with each other, with our family, and with our community. We believe prayer works for good; we attempt to "pray without ceasing."
That's why I've been so interested in the recent struggle of the Reno County Commission concerning its practice of opening every official session with a prayer - most often a Christian prayer uttered in the name of Jesus. Some have objected to this obvious prayerful bias toward one religion. It seems in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that prohibits the "establishment" of any particular faith, while insuring the freedom of all citizens to practice their chosen religion.