Women praying

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  1. Steven2006

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    I am curious what peoples view is on this. A wife and mother saying the prayer before supper with her husband present. I don't know how to set up a poll, but do you feel this is.

    a) Absolutely fine
    b) Not preferred, but not really wrong
    c) Not sure how you feel
    d) Absolutely wrong

    Does your opinion change if there is another family there visiting?
     
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    The husband should be the spiritual leader in the family. That does not mean he does all of the praying. It does mean the rest of the family support his leadership if it does not go against what the Bible teaches.
     
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    So are you saying it is fine for her to pray at the family supper, but is should just be occasionally?
     
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    Does Scripture tell us that a woman is not to pray in public? I see where Paul speaks of women praying and prophecying with their head covered/uncovered and if it's only in private, what difference does it make? It doesn't. It was in the public square because otherwise they wouldn't know if women were praying or prophesying with their heads covered or uncovered.

    In our family, we each take turns saying grace. Even my 3 daughters and son will pray. It's Dad's choice who prays.
     
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    The correct answer is that the wife's praying at the meal, or anytime else in family life, is just fine, regardless of who is present.
     
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    My wife does it all the time.

    As a footnote, Southern Baptist NT scholar, Thomas R. Schreiner, of Southern seminary, argues that women prayed and prophesied in the public assembly according to 1 Cor 11:5.
     
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    Not at all. It may not be fine at all depending on the wishes of her husband. If he is not a Christian or if he is uncomfortable with praying then she needs to be praying for him first, not being like a bulldog. She needs to be sensitive to him and respect his wishes.

    I have seen women who were like a bull dog. My mom was like a religious bulldog and we did not respect her because she did her own thing nor do those who are Christians in our family care to be with her to this day. She is still a religious bulldog. I know it created a rift between her and my dad. He still does not want anything to do with Christianity much to this day. If there is anyone who he has respect for, it is me and my wife. He has a lot of respect for my wife because of how she treats me. I have shared my faith with him many times but always trying to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He has seen many religious bull dogs over the years. Praying at meals is not the most important thing. Christ is.

    I have been to other countries and in some of them praying at meals is not a practice. Each home and country has its own culture. Personally I have thought at times that I wished some Christians did not pray publicly because of what I know about some of their business dealings. They are a disgrace to Christ by the way they live.
     
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    No problems here with women praying anytime...

    Women are just as important to God as men are.

    But I grew up in IFB churches that taught that women were to be seen and not heard...
    No prayers,
    No teaching,
    No speaking at business meetings,
    No anything...
     
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    quote: Personally I have thought at times that I wished some Christians did not pray publicly ...
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    At home we just bow our heads and pray in silence. To each his own.

    I agree with the quote above and often thought saying grace in a public cafe was just a demonstration and had absolutely no meaning whatever. A quiet bowing of head wold accomplish the same thing.

    Again, to each his own.

    I have many times expressed my views on women speaking, praying or even preaching publicly in or out of the church. No reason to prevent a good thing because Paul was having a problem in a couple of churches in his day.

    If it wasn't for women in some churches, the churches woldn't be here to-day.

    Cheers,

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    I have taught my children how to pray and I make them do it.
     
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    You cannot make them pray. You can try to make them mouth words and not pray.
     
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    Actually I can and do.
     
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    In a dream world.
     
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    I don't have a problem with women praying, or evangelizing, or speaking, or singing, or even preaching anywhere at anytime. I don't see the NT having an issue with it either. :)

    Male headship and authority are clear, but we need not be over-bearing or over-reaching in asserting and using that God given headship.
     
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    I think that most households decisions are made by both. When it comes down to tiebreaker, the husband often assumes that control with his wife's permission.

    Like, I am the boss and I have my wife's permission to say so in public.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Pr 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
     
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    Just remember that Proverbs are principles and not promises.

    I was forced to pray growing up, my siblings were as well. We have had markedly different life paths and responses to the influence exerted.
     

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