I hesitated regarding whether or not to write this because I was afraid someone may take it the wrong way. As a preacher, I have had many people ask me over the years to pray about this or that, thinking that, again “as a preacher” I have some special, direct connection to God. Certainly this does not apply to me only, but many preachers have had this same thing happen to them, people asking them to pray about something or for someone because the person asking believes the preacher has a closer relationship with God.
The part I was afraid someone may take the wrong way is the fact that I do not mind praying for anyone or anything they request of me, in fact I count it an honor that anyone would ask. What I really want you, the reader, to understand is that we preachers are not the only ones with a direct line to God.
Anyone who is a blood-bought, born-again, child of the King has a direct line to God! 1 Peter 1:17-21 reminds us that we were not redeemed with corruptible things, but with incorruptible; the blood of Christ. This in Itself makes us worthy to pray (2 Cor. 5:21). It also reminds us that when we pray, God is not a respecter of persons. In other words it doesn’t matter who you are, if your heart is humble and repentant, He hears.
This train of thought lines up directly with the tag-line on my Facebook page: Learning who we are as believers & followers of The Lord Jesus Christ!
This is a huge burden of mine; that we, as believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, understand & know who we are in Him.
Could it be that some ask others, particularly preachers, to pray for someone or something because they are afraid to pray themselves? Is it because they are afraid to get too close to God?
Exodus 20:18-19, And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
In this particular instance, God moved in…
- Noise of a Trumpet
- Smoking Mountain
Many people in “respectable, sophisticated, main-line denomination” churches today (please see 1 Cor. 1:26-29) would probably say, “No, God does not show Himself like that today”, and yet in the SAME breath they would say, “But He is the same yesterday, today, and forever” Heb.13:8, or they might say, “He is the Lord. He doesn’t change” Mal. 3:6.
The reason they may say that He does not move in these ways is because they have never experienced Him moving in these ways. I can tell you I have never seen lightning or smoke but I have certainly experienced God moving in some mighty and powerful ways that some people may think foolish (again because they have not experienced it themselves).
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is still our God. He is alive. He is real. He is powerful. Unfortunately, some have reduced Him to a set of rules and regulations and placed Him in a box labeled, “Preconceived Religious Ideas”. Some have even taken control from Him and predetermined how things should transpire, typed neatly on a Sunday bulletin. I’m glad they didn’t have an order of service printed out in the upper room prayer service (Acts 2), things may have turned out differently.
Back to Exodus 20:18-19, And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
…when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off… Some people are afraid to get too close to God. He might require something of them. He might force that dark secret into the light for someone else to see. Whatever the reason, reasons exist. All kinds of reasons to keep a person from getting too close to God.
So what do they do? And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. They get the preacher to talk to God for them. (People are going to read this and some are never going to come to me again with a prayer request) Please don’t stop coming to me and asking me for prayer. This is NOT my intent. I simply want you to understand that YOU can pray and have confidence God hears you as well as He hears any preacher.
Here’s an idea: why don’t we pray together! Matthew 18:20
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