I’m full of questions today. Plus, within the last hour I stumbled through an important conversation with a young man who is close to me, and during the course of our talk the issue of prayer arose. We talked deeply about the subject–not at great length–but I believe I can honestly say we talked deeply, for both of us came to grips with a stirring consideration–one that I now bring to you, and hope you will discuss with me. Do we pray about things as we should…and as others might think we do?
I really want to hear from you, and want you to bare your souls. If you’re uncomfortable revealing who you are, post anonymously, or take a screen name. I’m not at all interested in exposing or belittling anyone or any group, but I am interested in knowing how much, and for what we pray. I’m not polling any certain denomination…but would like to hear from each of you. In particular, please consider these:
1. How often does the leader in your home call the entire family to prayer about a particular need? I’m speaking of kneeling or standing or sitting, and praying together for something–a healing, a financial need, problems in school or at work etc.
2. Wives, how often does your husband ask you to pray with him about a certain need? How often do you kneel, stand, or sit together and pray–the two of you alone?
3. How often does your pastor call the church body together for prayer for a particular need?
4. How often do you ministers–pastors and otherwise–get together as a group for concerted and particular praying?
5. In your denomination if a troublesome issue arises, do you ministers pray together about it? How much…how often? Do you ask your church body to pray about the problem? Have you found answers in this way?
I’d be the first to admit that I do not at all pray enough, and it is hard for me to figure out exactly why, for to be in the presence of God–which is what happens when we earnestly pray–is profoundly moving and exceedingly powerful. I began to think at length about this earlier this week, when at our Tuesday night Bible study where only four people were present, we entered into a significant session of prayer. We spoke our needs aloud. We prayed. We wept together. We sensed that we truly were in the presence of God. Why should I ever neglect to avail myself of such opportunity?
Again, if you need to log out and post anonymously, please do so and help me out here. I need to hear from you. I hoping every person who reads this will respond, and I thank you for such a consideration and for the use of your time and of your heart and soul.