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Asked To Close In Prayer

Is it right or wrong for a person to be asked to either close a meeting in prayer or to give their testimony without having discussed this beforehand? Some people are very timid - should we not respect this fact?

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Our old pastor did that to a woman in our congregation. The poor woman was so shy that she ran out crying.
I say use discretion and ASK beforehand.
---momof2 on 4/9/08


I learned years ago, that you should always ask someone privately before asking them publically to offer prayer.

Some people do not feel comfortable, or are unwilling.

A good leader / Pastor knows his flock.

In Christian Love,
---trey on 4/8/08

Let me just say that at one point in my life, when I was younger, I was so shy that to speak in front of people would have made me break out in hives and hyper-ventalate. Probably throw up too. Some people just can not speak in front of a crowd. I did grow out of that, thank you God.
---sue on 4/8/08

Preach the Word, be ready with an answer, in season and out of season.
---Ted on 4/8/08

If the leader of the meeting has the Holy Ghost he or she should know who to ask. The Spirit of God should direct every aspect of the meeting. Including who to ask and who not to ask.
---Frank on 4/8/08

I do not want to be called on to do anything without preparation. I think a person should not be put on the spot like that. Yes--some people are timid and afraid to speak in public. Or just might not want to do something like this. Theeir wishes should be respected. Even though the intentions may be well intended.
---Robyn on 4/8/08

No it isn't wrong. My Pastor asks someone to close the service with prayer most of the time. One should be ready to pray or to give a testimony. I am shy, but if the Pastor asks me to close service, I will. What is there to discuss? A church service shouldn't be programed. When it comes to God, people (including me) needs to get over their shyness.
---Rebecca_D on 3/30/08

Each one of us that are a true Christian should always be prepared. Shyness is not good if you are going to serve God. It's just not good. You keep pressing in on that, with God helping. Always pray by the power of the Holy Spirit. God saids,"You don't have to be shy with me".--- He is a good God.
---catherine on 7/4/07

Yes, we should respect that if we know it. I've been thanked many times by the timid person because it gives them a chance to get out of it. Usually they find it wasn't so bad after all. Furthermore, the leader of the meeting may not know what level of timidness every person has. Most people don't come to meetings with a little rating sign on them. The timid person can always decline. Discussion beforehand can be helpful.
---john on 7/3/07

Brian's answer here is very revealing concerning his spirituality.
"One time when asked to close a meeting in prayer I answered honestly with "I just don't feel called to do that right now. Is there anyone else here who would like to?"
About five hands quickly went up.
The meeting was prayerfully closed.
---Brian on 3/5/07
---Mima on 3/6/07

It not bad to be asked to close with a prayer or to give testimony, because testimony is victory to us who confess Jesus as Lord and the Bible tells us in mathew 10:32 If we give testimony before people Jesus will also give testimony about us to our heavenly Father in heaven. terea6953
---teresia on 3/6/07

One time when asked to close a meeting in prayer I answered honestly with "I just don't feel called to do that right now. Is there anyone else here who would like to?"
About five hands quickly went up.
The meeting was prayerfully closed.
---Brian on 3/5/07

Mpa; I understand now, what your saying. When I was pregnant with my son, a man from a church told me that I was going to have an easy birth. I had toxemia really bad and was on complete bed rest for 2 months. I spent 1 month in the hospital. I had my son 3 weeks early, lost half of my blood. I had an emergerncy c-section. Easy birth, far from it. but both of us are doing just great. When someone tells me that God told them to tell me something, I like confirmation from God.
---Rebecca_D on 2/21/07

I absolutely agree Rebecca but on the occasion you mention you knew that was from God because of your own circumstances and the nature of what the pastor said to you. That is not the kind circumstance to which I referred at all.
---m.p.a. on 2/21/07

I guess no one is allowed to speak from a pulpit because the bible says clearly, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." "The Savior also said."Let ye who are without sin, cast the first stone." you live in harmony with Jesus Christ or you don't. simple, there is no in between or fence sitters. You either live in Christ's example or you don't. By judging, mocking or tearing down others, it is obvious who you follow. not God.
---Dave on 2/21/07

Mpa: There have been times I was fighting a battle and no one knew it but God. One night my Pastor came up to me and told me what I was going through with and God told him to tell me this, and he gave me the message from God. My mouth dropped, because only God could have revealed that to him. If God has a word for me to hear, he will let me hear it if my ears are open and he can use anything he wants for me to hear it.
---Rebecca_D on 2/21/07

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"TEST'S the Spirit". That is a scripture you see alot in here. Come on===UNBELIEVERS, don't know whether or not, you are preaching the Word. And believers had better be careful. I am sure that you won't say anything without first checking with God. ==RIGHT, RIGHT==== AMEN!
---catherine on 2/21/07

OH, I want to add to this.--God is never ever going to give someone permission to slander someone's name. ==That's It.
---catherine on 2/21/07

Wicked men, love to mock Jesus. When they are sitting in Church Lost, Never been bought by the Blood of Christ, Praising Him, Jesus ,JESUS OH JESUS. You are mocking My SAVIOR, just like along time ago before you put Him on the Cross.
---catherine on 2/21/07

Rebecca, I think you have misunderstood me. Of course someone should act immediately if they hear God speak to them. What I said was if someone else tells you that God has told them something about you wouldn't it be reasonable to say "Why didn't He also tell me?". The other person might be the one who 'misheard'.
---m.p.a. on 2/21/07

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Rebecca D== Good point, I mean, mabe I don't feel the presence of God on a SUNDAY. Mabe I don't feel good. Well, I can by the power of God open my mouth and say, Jesus, I love you. Thank you for the cross. And sit down. That is a good thing for me to remember.
---catherine on 2/20/07

Mpa: if God tells a person to do something, they need to do it right then, don't wait around to see if it is okay with others. It is what God says and thinks what matters. If the Holy Ghost speaks to someone in our church to go and annoint and pray for someone else, they do it. They don't wait around to prepare. Just do it. If someone says no they don't want to close by prayer, that is fine, no hard feelings. But who can't say something good about God?
---Rebecca_D on 2/20/07

Putting someone on the spot in front of others is improper. There is a right way and a wrong way to ask someone to share with others. Also, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a person replying No, to an improper impostion to pray or to speak in front of many people. We are not walking "Yeses" but have a freewill to say "Yes" and also a freewill to say "No", or else reply, "No, you pray", or, "No, you give your testimony".
---Eloy on 2/20/07

"God said open your mouth and I will fill it." But does the bible say that some other human being should be the one to tell you to 'open your mouth' in the first place - isn't that the job of the Holy Spirit? I've heard people say "But God told me to ask you to do that." I don't go with that argument. If God has told a pastor to ask a member to do something wouldn't He also be speaking to the member about it and preparing him/her?
---m.p.a. on 2/20/07

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If a sinner is preaching behind the pulpit, he needs to step down and find an alter and get saved. Susie, we all sin, but I for one am no longer a sinner but a child of God. One can't be a Christian and a sinner at the same time. That is like straddling the fence.
---Rebecca_D on 2/19/07

If there were no sinners behind the pulpits there would be no preacher. The Bible says that anyone who says they do not sin is a fool.
---Susie on 2/19/07

By the way, this son is always ready to pray or give his testimony on a moment's notice. The Holy Spirit works greatly in him many times.
---Susie on 2/19/07

Catherine; I totally agree. No sinner should be allowed behind the pulpit. My Pastor always says, "If sin rules the pulpit, sin will rule the pews". One must make sure indeed their heart is right with God before going behind the pulpit.
---Rebecca_D on 2/19/07

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I would enjoy to add, If the Pastor or whomever, is doing the leading,THAT they Should be as reasonally confident as they can be of Him or HER'S salvation. I believe this is very important.
---catherine on 2/19/07

Every true Christian should be ready to speak about God at any given time. God said open your mouth and I will fill it. If one is shy about this in their church with their church family, how do you speak to strangers about God? We all should have a testimony to give on what God has done for us. Remember your words of your testimony or prayer could bless someone else, and God will get the glory. How is that wrong?
---Rebecca_D on 2/19/07

Most pastors have enough discernment to know when not to ask someone new to pray. My husband and I have quite often been asked to pray or give our testimony when we have visited a church for the first time. However, we are neither one timid.
---Susie on 2/19/07

We have had instances where people want to shove a Bible into our son's hands when they notice he doesn't have one. This has happened even with pastors. They mean well. Although he appears normal in everyway he had brain-damage as a baby due to an illness and is mentally challenged. This is very embarassing at times to him as he has never been able to read or write. A couple of times, people have persisted and almost become angry when he would lay the Bible down beside him.
---Susie on 2/19/07

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It is courtesy to ask a person ahead of time to open or close a meeting with prayer. as catherine says, we need to be prepared for spur of the moment things. I have been asked many times to speak from the pulpit and I am very shy. remember the scripture, "take ye no thought what ye shall say and bear testimony by the power of the Holy Ghost." gee that is not so hard. Let God loosen your tongue and His words will flow.
---Dave on 2/18/07

I think it's wrong and if the preacher did that to me, I'd do it, but that would be the last time I went to his church.
---sue on 2/18/07

Always pray and give testamonies by the Power of God. Speak only the words that God gives you. If one do these things in the flesh [NO POWER] no good.
---catherine on 2/18/07

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