Recently I’ve been around a number of fundamentalist and evangelical Christians and noticed something about their public prayer lives. They pray for the usual things most people pray for, for the sick to be healed, for the meal they are eating to be blessed and for protection of their loved ones. But I noticed that the part of their public prayers were for things so inconsequential it seemed petty to pray for. I witnessed prayers for the closest parking space to a store, for discounts and bargains at that store and over the weather – asking the rain to stop so that the prayee didn’t get wet walking to the car.
What I didn’t hear was prayers for there to be no more war, for hungry children to be fed, for suffering people. Big prayers that benefit many people instead of the one or the few. Through the years I was part of a QF church most of the prayers seemed to be like these, small things. Which leads to my question, why pray for only the little things? Is it the influence of the prosperity gospel preachers? Some sort of evangelical self focus? What drives making their God so small? Your thoughts on this?
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