A church in South Wales has set up a dedicated ‘dial-a-prayer’ answering service. If you have a prayer request, you leave your message and someone prays for you. It would be easy to make fun of this - “Press 1 if you want a parayer for yourself, Press 2 if you have a concern for your family, Press 3 for any other prayer need” - but I can’t help thinking that his is not a bad idea. I have a theological question, though. Does leaving a message on the service constitute a prayer in itself? If not, why not?