PRAY!

Today, my Pastor both focused his sermon on Prayer; as well as, shared this article with me from a local newspaper columnist, entitled: “Prayer Isn’t A Team Sport“.  It is from the Falls Church News-Press… check it out:
http://fcnp.com/2013/02/13/prayer-isnt-a-team-sport/
I was dismayed at what this columnist had to say on the subject of Prayer!
If you don’t take the time to read the article, the author basically states that prayer has no place in sports – should be reserved for individuals in church on Sundays.
HMMM…
Throughout scripture, God commands us to pray: Luke 18:1, Romans 12:12, Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:2, and 1st Thessalonians 5:17.
I found this article / “Op-Ed” very troubling… to say the least.
The author speaks of “hypocrisy”… according to him, we shouldn’t encourage PRAYER!?!
I, for one, don’t know where I’d be WITHOUT prayer… hardly believe we shouldn’t be encouraging it both IN PUBLIC, WITHIN TEAMS, etc…