Have you ever ( for those of you non-pastors like myself ) listened to a pastor close his message with the words : " Now let us pray . " Then he proceeds not to address our heavenly Father , instead he summarizes some main sermon points and tries to get some decisons . " With no one looking around , does anyone want to confess that they are sinners and need to turn to the Lord Jesus in faith ? There may not be another opportunity for you . I just want you to slip up your hand -- yes , I see that one , God bless you. Is there another ? You may have been coming here for many weeks , months or even years now -- yet you haven't recognized your need of Christ . This is the time --today is the day of salvation . There are men in the back who would be happy to meet with you and open up God's Word so that you will be saved . Dear Father ... So heads are bowed and eyes are shut but it is that in-between zone . It is not prayer -- it is a kind of prelude to it . I think a pastor should continue with his message and not call it a prayer . Prayer should be prayer . It should be set aside as a specfic time where God the Father is addressed .Any thoughts ?