In the first Harry Potter book and movie Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in charms class. They are to be practicing a levitation charm, Wingardium Leviosa. In the scene Ron is furiously waving his wand at a feather, saying the incantation. Hermione stops him and tells him he is saying it wrong. She repeats the incantation with emphasis on the next to last syllable emphasizing the long “o”. The spell works. It seems that a lot of believers approach prayer in the same way. We have to say things a certain way with the right emphasis, attitude, quantity, and quality of faith or the prayer, will not work. How is that not the same as sorcery? Albeit Christian sorcery? Is that what prayer is all about? Getting the last three words right with the right inflection?
Take a look at these passages and I will share some more on that tomorrow.