Lord , Lord , Lord

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  1. Rippon

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    No , I won't be talking about what some will be told at the Great Judgment when the goats will claim that they did things in the Lord's Name .

    This OP is concerns the annoying habit of some in public prayer saying "Lord" so many times in the course of public prayer . It's usually said as a filler . It may be intirely unintentional , with nerves getting in the way of an effective public prayer . In ordinary conversation they may have their fair share of "Man" ,"Dude" , "He/she goes ..." ,"You know" , "Like" and on and on . Have any of you ever approached anyone with this verbal tendency when addressing the Lord in public prayer ?
     
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    Unfortunately, yes. It drives me crazy! A variation sprinkles in "Dear Father".

    Prayer is conversation with God. No one talks to another by calling them by name every other word.

    Some do it out of nerves, but others have learned this and think that is how you pray. Still others do it to sound important.
     
  3. Tom Butler

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    Another overused filler word: "just." As in, "Lord, we just want to thank you, etc."
     
  4. Jeff Weaver

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    Add me to the list of those who can't stand this verbal tick.
     
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    ...and its not just "Lord' but every other phrase is "Dear Lord"

    Salty
     
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    That's just cause we want to make sure He's still listening to us.:laugh:

    I do this occassionally, though I try not to.

    My bigger problem is that I sometimes get into a preaching rythym when I'm praying. I do it subconsciously without even thinking about it.

    I won't fault anyone for the way they pray in public. I'm just happy they're willing to speak publically to their Lord. If they get a little nervous during such (who wouldn't when you realize who you're talking to), that won't hurt me, or them, or the cause one iota.
     
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    This brings up the larger topic of prayer language (no, not "private" prayer language, a la the SBC IMB, don't want to go there!). Why are we so stilted when we pray publicly? I agree that we ought to be reverent, but why so thee-thou, if-it-be-thy-will, stilted?

    Picture a young man approaching his father to ask for the car keys for Friday night's date: "Dear father, I do thank thee for providing me all that I need in life. I thank thee that thou are a loving father. So, father, if it be thy will, I just pray that thou wilt permit me, though I have sinned against thee in thought, word, and deed, to lay my hands on thy chariot this once. And I'll give you all the praise, father."

    Hmmm?
     
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    Maybe I have a different take on things, but shouldn't you be more interested in sincerely praying instead of examining someone else's words and prayer?
     
  9. Rippon

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    From Charles Spurgeon's : "Lectures To My Students" , there is a chapter called " Public Prayer " .

    Another fault equally to be avoided in prayer is an unhallowed and sickening superabundance of endearing words . When 'Dear Lord ,' Blessed Lord,' and 'Sweet Lord ,' come over and over again as vain repetitions , they are among the worst of blots ... when I hear fond and familiar expressions hackeyed by persons not at all remarkable for spirituality , I am inclined to wish that they could , in some way or other , come to a better understanding of the true relation existing between man and God .
    The strongest objection exists to the constant prayers of young converts , and even among students . The words , 'O Lord ! O Lord ! O Lord ! grieve us when we hear them so perpetually repeated . ' Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain ,' is a great commandment , and although the law may be broken unwittingly , yet its breach is still a sin and a very solemn one . God's name is not to be a stop-gap to make up for our want of words . Take care to use most reverently the name of the infinite Jehovah .
     
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    In his little book, What Christ Means to Me, Wilfred Grenfell tells the following story on pp. 21-23. In 1883, he passed a large tent along the way. Curious, he went inside to see what was going on and heard an old preacher on the platform praying a long, droning prayer. Bored silly, he was about to leave when, as he puts it, "At that moment a vivacious person near him jumped up and shouted: 'Let us sing a hymn while our brother finishes his prayer.'" He stayed to hear that man preach. It was D. L. Moody, and Grenfell was started on his path to salvation and the life of a missionary. He wrote (p. 22), "He left a new idea in my mind, the idea that loyalty to a living Leader was religion, and that knightly service in the humblest life was the esxpression of it." After the meeting someone gave him Moody's booklet, "How to Read the Bible," and he was on his way!
     
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    Actually, I kind of like the sound of that! That's more like it. :thumbs:
     
  12. untangled

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    I agree completely. That just gets on my nerves. I guess it is a matter of how someone was taught.
     

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