Letter: The point of prayer

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THE Bishop of Norwich worries "that we are in grave danger of losing ... the concept of learning prayer by heart" (report, 12 February).

I fail to see how learning prayer by rote has any worth. Surely the point of prayer is to reflect and consider what we are doing and to then seek better ways of behaving. Reciting a prayer without thinking of the words is no better than chanting a football terrace song.

J SUMNER

London NW3

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