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Does your church have an altar call to pray for the sick and those who want pray in general regardless of topic? Why or why not?

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What would an appropriate sacrifice be at such an altar? How about the "sacrifice of praise'? Jer 33:11 & Heb 13:15
Or how about:Romans 12:1, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
Then there is the "sacrifice of service and faith:" Phil 2:17
---Bruce5656 on 7/18/10

If no sacrifice if offered, it can not be an 'Altar'. It is merely a 'table'.
And, there is no need to Honor a 'table', because it has no significant meaning.
A saw horse with a sheet of plywood on them is the same.
An Altar, though, has intrinsic value and should be Honored.
---Stephen on 7/17/10

After preaching, our Pastors always asks if there are any in need of prayer. It's a small church and we are a very tight knit group. There are usually several prayer requests. Sometimes someone will give a word of praise as to something good the the Lord has done for them.

That's what I like about small churches everyone is like a family.

Lord bless you,
---trey on 10/2/08

We have an altar in our church, the Pastor
always gives and "invitation" after preaching.I still call it an altar call. First for the lost, and then for the needs of others in the congreation. The altars should be full every service, every time, the times we live in call for never ending prayer. Anyway, doesn't the word tell us to pray without ceasing. I know you can pray without the altar,but something about an ole fashioned altar just brings you closer to God.
---EE on 9/17/08

Our alter is always opened. We do have alter call first for the unsaved, then if no one comes to the alter, then we have an alter call for those who just want to pray for various reasons. And sometimes God lays it on the heart of the Pastor to call certain people to stand at the alter for something that they are going through with. It is amazing, no one knew what was on my mind but God did, and then the Pastor knew and we prayed and I got delivered.
---Rebecca_D on 9/17/08

Robyn, aren't you the pastor's wife?
---Barney on 6/19/07

My church has an altar.It is not used as much as I would like to see it used. But it is there. We do have altar calls.You bet we do! After the preacher brings the message, he calls for those with specific needs, who need prayer. We also do general prayer. More prayer, the better. He also calls for those who want to receive Jesus, recommit to Christ or join the church.
---Robyn on 6/18/07

After the sermon most weeks, there is an altar call, and usually many are saved. Following, there is usually prayer for any in the comgregation that wish to come forward, and usually a large percentage of the body goes forward for prayer/ministry. It may be general or very specific to individual needs.
---Christina on 6/18/07

No, my church doesn't have an altar ministry. They ask for prayer requests after Wednesday night Bible Study and requests can be emailed to 2 women who will distribute to prayer chain. Unfortunately, most of the requests are health related issues. Rarely any requests for emotional, spiritual, financial or other issues. I've mentioned the need, but nothing done yet. I keep praying that a Sunday morning altar team will be formed soon.
---Karen on 6/18/07

Our church always has an altar call at the end of each service. For those who need prayer for something specific, illness etc. However the most important part of the altar call is for those who want to be prayed with to accept Jesus into their hearts.
---NV_Barbara on 5/17/07

In the Anglican church, we still have an "altar", but we do not sacrifice anything on it. Many of us call it the table, and at it we celebrate communion ... the remberance of Christs sacrifice for us.
The word "altar" is a hang-over from the days of the RCC, out of which came the Anglican church at the time of the Reformation.
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/3/06

To see why I'm concerned about using the word 'altar' (which implies sacrifices) in such phrases, see my eight-part reply (and various follow-up replies) at: Your Church Have An Alter Call.
---danie9374 on 7/3/06

A person can make anything their Alter. It could be the edge of your bed, sofa, chair, etc. An alter is like being at the feet of Jesus. Just as long as you nail your problems to the cross. Alan, you and others at your church don't pray for people in need, you just send them somewhere else? Why is that?
---Rebecca_D on 7/3/06

We don't have an altar as such in our church. Down front its a platform with 2 steps where our pastor preaches from, and towards the back risers where the choir stands.
---NVBarbara on 7/3/06

It can be very dramatic Alan, as it should be when someone gets saved. We don't have any side chapels like many old churches do. However we do have a room that people who want more prayer or information can be counseled. The ones who accept the Lord are followed up on and given encouragement.
---NV_Barbara on 7/3/06

For those who've said they have an 'altar call,' I'd like to know if you have a literal 'altar' in your church, or if that's just an idiomatic expression for 'up front'? If literal, why do you have one; what do you sacrifice on your altar?
---danie9374 on 7/3/06

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It is not part of our church worship service to do that on a regular basis. We have had different church members with cancer ask for prayer before the church, and have had times when the pastor spontaneously asks the members of the church who are sick to stay seated while the rest of the church goes and lays hands on them while the pastor prays.
---Madison1101 on 6/30/06

"Altar call" sounds rather dramatic!
At the churches I attend, those who want prayer for private needs, for themselves or others, or following something they have heard during the service, are invited to go to a side chapel, or corner of the church, where people will be there to pray with them.
---alan8869_of_UK on 6/30/06

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