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Public Prayer Gossip

Do you ever feel that public prayer, is used as a crafty way of spreading gossip. e.g. "Lord please give peace to Mary as her husband has left her to live with Susan." even though this information has been told to just one 'trusted' friend and SHE alone has been asked to pray for her friend.

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---ELENA on 12/16/12

There are many ways to use prayer as an excuse for gossip. I have a friend who pins notes up around her kitchen. They are along the lines of:~ Pray for Karen and Steve re their marriage problems. Pray for Les who has an alcohol problem etc.

Anyone visiting this lady knows all the 'gossip' (sorry, that should read 'prayer needs') by going round to this house for a coffee.

We need to get our act together and use some real discretion where prayer is concerned.

No-one should need notes displayed to remind them of another person's needs.
---Rita_H on 12/1/12

Public prayer can very easily become gossip and it is up to each of us to ensure that it doesn't.

If we are asked to pray for someone then WE should do just that. It is not up to us go to another person and ask them also to pray for the person who asked us. That is their choice to do, no ours.

Unless an individual divulges a need for prayer publicly then we should no do so either. We soon lose confidence in other Christians once we find out that everyone knows our personal business.
---andreea on 11/26/12

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---ELENA on 11/14/12

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---ELENA on 11/14/12

Sis. Elena, your 11/8/12 was a very good answer. Some things we do ask others for prayers, but there is those things that only belong to the ears of God. People are to use common sense when asking others to pray for them. People can forgive if you have wrong them, but God forgives all confessions of all believers. We have an Advocate who speaks for our behalf. When we have a need we take it to God, and God will expose His answer through something or someone like a brother or sister, or even through a sermon. Peace sister
---Mark_V. on 11/14/12

Basically from my experience yes here they love to keep up confussion so like I say and learn wait till you alone a. Pray for someone in.private or you ask them do they want you pray in their home then better
---ELENA on 11/13/12

bruce.....Just another example of someone calling themself a prophet. Don't be misled!!!!
---KarenD on 11/12/12

Choose a small group of born-again friends to meet daily. Do an online KJV bible search for the words "one another", "each other", "comfort", and "encourag" to help in determining who to choose. Choose wisely and through prayer and to do all that your bible search will do for we are living in the end of days and it is important to keep it small and intimate so each will be accountable to one another.
---Steveng on 11/11/12

Cluny, I remember hearing the phrase "so that we can all pray intelligently" rather a lot of times in my youth and, always, after someone else's life and personal details had been divulged to everyone in the room. That phrase sanitizes gossip.

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---Rita_H on 11/11/12

Trust no one. Only God. Satan is after everybody, no one is exempt. Don't go quoten Scripture. I am sick of the wicked mocking my God. Hallelujah.
---pat on 11/10/12

it may not be a crafty way to spread gossip however most women (even those with the best of intentions) are prone to gossip and although men are not geared to idle chit-chat they too can spread gossip very well. it doesn't matter how much trust you have in another human being we are all human and fall, so by confiding your deepest secrets you allow yourself to be a victim of public prayer.

Just follow the Lord as he says:

Matthew 6:6
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly

the prayer is obviously quite private, the reward is open
---Follower_of_Christ on 11/10/12

My own personal feelings on this are that we 'should' be able to confess our shortcomings and our worries to fellow Christians but, first, we need to be sure that they truly are born-again and not just 'people who attend church'. The pastor could be one of those people but not necessarily. Our reason for telling other is so that they will pray with us, or for us, (or both) and should always be in the knowledge that it will go no further. If WE choose to ask others to pray for us - at a prayer meeting - that is our own decision but it should never be my decision to bring up someone else's problem without their approval.
---Rita_H on 11/10/12

So, it is good to know who is Christian and stay with these people, for praying.

James 5:16 says, "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." So, in prayer I can deal with my own faults and problems, and trust the ones God means for me to confess to, because God is committed to making their prayer work for us to be "healed" of what makes us able to sin, and "healed" into living with Him in His love, instead. What's really true is more interesting than gossip, and how God heals our character into His love is much more interesting!!!
---willie_c: on 11/10/12

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Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/10/12

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I hold my spouse in the highest regard for her discretion while praying. Her faithfulness with others has allowed her to become privy to some very secretive things in peoples lives. They know it goes as far as the throne of grace, and no where else.

Sometimes things slip in a group of prayers. Sometimes it is, as you say, gossiping. It cannot be avoided entirely.

If it is meant to cause harm, it should be confronted. If it is just enticement, a gentle nudge could stop further trangressions. Some people can't keep secrets.
---Phil on 11/9/12

Beloved, basics are the same. I tell.some things but, like I.always believe we all know there are personal things you should keep between you & God. We all have a friend who really faithfull and true.the Lord, he knows and cares and No he do not gossip. If he does let you know the error of your ways it shows you how much he loves us!
---ELENA on 11/8/12

There are times and lots of it, when one should pray to one's self. God gives to us wisdom, His people. USE IT.
---pat on 11/8/12

In the late 60's there was a book of satire called GAMES CHRISTIANS PLAY. In it was a section entitled "How to Find the Latest Without Resorting to Gossip."

One game recommended was "Let's all pray for poor Mrs. Jones", best played at prayer meetings, where you give details so people can "pray intelligently."

It's well known that most neighborhood prayer groups are gossip fests.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/8/12

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