too many prayer requests?

Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by NateT, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. NateT

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    Just thought I'd see how the rest of you guys respond to this scenario.

    I was thinking about all the things people say you should be praying for. For example, I've got the immediate needs, but you factor in missionaries, lost family members, leaders at church, leaders in the gov't (then you've got local, regional, state, country) plus you factor in any prayer requests from prayer meetings. The list could grow to be abundantly long.

    So how do you: 1) Pray for all these, or do you? 2) Make sure that you don't just lump-and-dump like "God please save all the lost people in my family" or just wind up saying "be with so-and-so"


    Just looking for some Godly wisdom, because if I think about how much I feel like I should be praying, its easy to get overwhelmed.
     
  2. Frogman

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    Just my thoughts based on a scriptural account will be found below, you may take it or leave it:

    Remember God told Moses to separate himself from Israel that God might destroy them and raise a people up to Moses.

    Moses made intercession on behalf of the people. This intercession does it operate to change the mind of God or Moses?

    of Moses of course. So, prayer is not meant to get God on our side just when we need him. Prayer is meant to be a tool of reflection whereby through its excercise we become aware of our sin, our failure in visiting the sick and needy, engaging in missionary endeavors, and so on along the list you provided.

    Our activity in prayer is said to be guided by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8.26-27). This activity is meant to bring myself personally into obedience to the purpose God has for me. In this way all these things as they bear upon ourselves our own burden in this world, we find the Spirit makes an utterance for us and we through this are strengthened to our own purpose. We are then able to engage more fully into that work what ever it may be identified as and thereby be seen to submit humbly to the Will of God in our life.

    Like I said, some of my words I feel to bear concepts supported by scripture.

    Bro. Dallas
     

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