Cynicism and Prayer

Is cynicism easier than encouragement?
Is cynicism the fruit of fear?
Is cynicism the fig leaves we use in an attempt to cover us and our shame?
Is cynicism a reaction to truth that helps us to deflect, deny, distract and defend our false-self and our false positions?
Is cynicism keeping us from receiving and giving the love that we desperately need to remember who we are and how we are naturally designed to be healthy, whole, holy and human?

How do we fight against our hearts being hardened by cynicism?

I read that praying is a subversive act. Perhaps, one thing it subverts is our cynicism and our unwillingness to struggle with the Truth. Praying opens our eyes and invites us into the mess of what ends up being our real battle- the battle with ourselves, and the struggle to be loved and to live as the beloved.

“To be cynical is to be distant. While offering a false intimacy of being “in the know,” cynicism actually destroys intimacy. It leads to a creeping bitterness that can deaden and even destroy the spirit…
A praying life is just the opposite. It engaged evil. It doesn’t take no for an answer. The psalmist was in God’s face, hoping, dreaming, asking. Prayer is feisty. Cynicism, on the other hand, merely critiques. It is passive, cocooning itself from the passions of the great cosmic battle we are engaged in. It is without hope.”
― Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

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