My point, however, is that social life detracts from prayer. Not just because there is less time for it, which is certainly true, but because socializing, by its very nature, encourages critique and judgment. That’s what conversation is, whether I give my opinion or listen to someone else’s.
I’m in a quandary. How to be an interesting, social being and a prayer person. Are the two compatible? I’m not convinced they are because I’m pretty certain that the very nature of intercessory offers no place for judgments and opinions. This makes me rather sad because I doubt that there is a middle ground, which is what I’d like. I want to have it both ways but my heart of hearts tells me I can’t.