Prayer In The Screwtape Letters

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Prayer is a prevalent aspect in the Screwtape Letters. In Letter Four, Wormwood struggles to attack the prayer life on his patient. His uncle, Screwtape, advises him that it is best if the patient does not pray at all. By being a recent Christian convert, Screwtape suggests that it would be better if Wormwood could take advantage of the patient’s forgetfulness. “Whenever they are attending to the Enemy Himself, we are defeated, but there are ways of preventing them from doing so.” He wants the patient to care more about himself and material items rather than devoting his time to God. Causing the patient to forget about prayer would, in turn, inhibit the patient’s devotion to the “Enemy.” In today’s society, many people are easily distracted

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