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"I Covet Your Prayers"

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by InTheLight, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member

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    "I covet your prayers."

    This phrase has always bothered me. "Thou shalt not covet" and "Thou shalt not covet anything that is your neighbor's"

    (except prayers?)

    Is anyone else bothered by the common usage of this phrase?
     
  2. padredurand

    padredurand Well-Known Member

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    Covet is not always a negative connotation. Consider what Paul wrote

    But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
    1 Corinthians 12:31 KJV

    Webster defines the word:

    COVET, v.t.

    1. To desire or wish for, with eagerness; to desire earnestly to obtain or possess; in a good sense.

    2. To desire inordinately; to desire that which it is unlawful to obtain or possess; in a bad sense.​


    It is not unlawful to desire prayers.
     
  3. RLBosley

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    What padredurand said.

    But the phrase itself bothers me because it just sounds weird. Like the speaker is trying to sound extra spiritual. What's wrong with just saying, "Please pray for me"?
     
  4. Earth Wind and Fire

    Earth Wind and Fire Well-Known Member

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    :laugh:
    Ahhhh what's the difference between formaggio and cheese? :laugh:
     
  5. RLBosley

    RLBosley Active Member

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    Saying the first one is pretentious... unless you're Italian. ;)
     
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    People's lives must be easy to get bothered by such trivial issues.
     
  7. webdog

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    It always bothered me when someone would pray before the pastor gave the message, "let these words he speaks be your words" followed by some error in the message. Its almost like by praying that his message somehow transforms into 100% truth.
     
  8. PreachTony

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    Webdog, it's been my experience that some people think of prayer as a "supernatural magical wishlist" and anything they pray should immediately come true.

    A good example is people who pray for healing. Some people think that just asking God to heal themselves or someone else means it should happen right then and there. Paul wrote of having a "thorn in the flesh" which I've read scholars say as anything from a physical ailment to a carnal desire. He prayed for God to remove it from him, and God's reply was that the Grace of God was more than sufficient. In other words, if you have a limp, go ahead and learn to run with a limp.
     
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