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Is it possible, or even likely, that Christians use intercessory prayer as a substitute for actually providing personal help to those in need? How do we discern which is the better choice?

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Do an online KJV bible search for the words "one another", "each other", "comfort" to know the christian lifestyle. In essence, both are truly needed. We must pray for one another and bear one another's burdens so that we fulfill the law of Christ.
---Steveng on 1/27/13

Sis.Shira4368, you are correct. I took this people & others because " the pastor" and I did know their cousins but,you know from this. I also, would say go inside the bakery or coney island I buy you a sandwish or breakfast..I also, now have a listing for the homeless churches, shelters, etc.. no longer take anyone into my home. It taught me a lesson! Costly! Not all people bad but, yes, am a little tomboy, my twin just opposite :) love the out doors! Yes, time to remember I am a woman. I always had to fend for myself.Times are bad. Time winding up!
---ELENA on 1/25/13

you can't witness to someone who is hungry without warm clothes and a place to sleep. those are fundamentals of survival. while I can't give to everyone I meet, I do try to help those in need. I have bought the homeless food on many occasions. some are homeless thru no fault of theirs. I wish I could feed everyone in the world but if everyone did a little it would be a lot.
---shira4368 on 1/25/13


James2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
James2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled, notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body, what doth it profit?
---trey on 1/24/13

Brothers & sisters, have been through such a bad situation, our church where I used to go helpfull, more.last year we help some people my purse got stolen, others were, too, as for myself, I do not have a car, say like Sis.Pat let God work it out.I had a real bad time after all my personal I.D. everything stolen.Even here I helped my neighbors food always and the ladies husband got other 'ideas" so, yes..we had a confrontation.No weapons but he will not bother me again. God He helped me.
He lied to his wife, too. So yes, I pray for them, but no more talking.
they are disrespectfull. God will have mercy , I pray they get whole out of bondage! God can Do anything!
---ELENA on 1/24/13

Is it possible, or even likely, that Christians use intercessory prayer as a substitute for actually providing personal help to those in need? Which is the better choice?

Making decisions concerning helping others should never be done without prayer, or offered in substitute for prayer.
---jan4378 on 1/16/13

good post RitaH. "For God so loved the world that he gave..." John 3:16. He did not wish. I totally believe in praying but I totally believe in sacrifice as well. //No greater love than to lay ones life down for a friend.// John 15:13.
---Scott1 on 1/15/13

This is not an 'either/or' situation. Once we have been made aware of a need we usually know whether we can personally help or not but we know for certain that we can pray so we pray for guidance as to HOW we should help and we pray for the needs of the person in need.

God gives the guidance as to HOW and HOW MUCH we should help another person.
---Rita_H on 1/13/13

Some things we would best leave to God, and this is one of those issues.
---pat on 1/12/13

"Is it possible, or even likely, that Christians use intercessory prayer as a substitute for actually providing personal help to those in need?" Yes, It is possible. Although praying for one another is an admonishment, we should always help when we can.
"How do we discern which is the better choice?" If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?"
---joseph on 1/12/13

geraldine, prayer is mor likely than actual help. prayer (and love offerings) is a way that most use to make themselves feel righteous without getting their hands dirty.

jesus' two summary commandments require both.

Jewel wrote, "if praying were enough, it would have come to be."
---aka on 1/9/13

Anything is possible.

This happened in one church.

A woman was having outpatient surgery. One person said, "I'll pray for you." Another said, "I'll give you a ride to and from the hospital if you need it."

Think about it.

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!
---Cluny on 1/9/13

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