#PrayerShaming Is Nothing New

#PrayerShaming Is Nothing New December 3, 2015

Haters gotta hate – it’s been around a long, long time.

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And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabach-thani?” that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a spong, filled it will vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. (Mt 27:46-50)

Christ was mocked by the chief priests, elders, and scribes during His hour of greatest need. Still He asked God to forgive them. So us Christians being mocked by today’s literati and liberals just means we’re following Christ’s example – best to simply include them in our prayers, asking God to show them mercy.

Dr Gregory Popchak wrote a piece earlier today which asks and answers the question, What good is prayer anyway? I encourage you to check it out. In it, he writes:

Prayer does not preclude us from working hard but it allows that work to bear much, much more fruit and do it much much more efficiently.

Recall the saying attributed to St Augustine: “Pray as if everything depends on God, then act as if everything depends on you.” Prayer and work build upon and support each other, regardless if we’re in our hour of greatest need or not.

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  • Sophia Sadek

    Sorry. The Christian tradition is more in line with the people who nailed Jesus (or his stand-in) to a tree than with those who studied with Jesus. The Pharisees of today wear Roman collars.

    • LarryD

      The Pharisees of today wear Roman collars.
      Oh, there are quite a few lay Pharisees out there. I can be one at times.

    • Funny, I see the Pharasees today indeed wearing Roman collars- and a bra.

      • Sophia Sadek

        So, for you, the female Anglican priests are the Pharisees, not the priests beholden to Rome.

        • Not just the female Anglican priests, but also those Roman Catholic females who decide they know better than the church and claim to be ordained.

          • Sophia Sadek

            It is a good thing that you know better than they do.

          • I don’t. Christ does. I am nothing.

          • Sophia Sadek

            It is a good thing that you know what Jesus knows.

  • cest_moi

    a call for prayers rather than constructive governance is, in fact, a shame

    • Anon y’Mous

      Then you’d best be attacking the victims, because they *asked* for prayers.

      • cest_moi

        it seems to be a reasonable assumption that the perpetrators of the san bernadino attack said their prayers to god before commencing.

  • tj.nelson

    This is good.

    • LarryD

      Hi Terry!