Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Cleaning up theological litter project #1

Glen Piper posts on those annoying, yet compelling little prayer chain-emails we ALL receive.

I found this post funny because I was doing that today. Someone sent me a nice and sweet, but flawed prayer and I started to edit it. However, I was at work and after a couple of minutes I gave up and got back to work. Here it is:

Pick 4 & Send Back to Me!

God still sits on the throne. Each and everyone one of us are going through tough times right now but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith.

My instructions were to pick four people that wanted God to bless, and I picked you.
Please pass this to at least four people you want to be blessed and a copy back to me. This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost, but a lot of rewards. Let's continue to pray for one another.

The prayer:

Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those I care deeply for, who are reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace. Where there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings.

In Jesus' precious name.

Can you pick out the flawed parts? I really only found two, but they are biggies.


Twylah said...

Hmmm. "Show them a new revelation" and "Holy Spirit, minister to their spirit" (as though they're not the same Spirit."

TKls2myhrt said...

Twylah- The "show them a new revelation" sure bothered me. It is very unscriptural and, for that phrase alone, I couldn't pass it on.

ghp said...

I agree about the "new revelation" part - that gave me the heebie-jeebies!

I would also find fault with the general flavors of works-righteousness (i.e., by doing this, you'll be an active participant in the doling out of these blessings...), and a Theology of Glory (i.e., do this, and you'll get rewards galore - strikes me as the kind of prayer you'd hear Joel Osteen or Joyce Meyers give...) that permeate this prayer.

Most problematic, however, is that not once is there a petition for God's will to be done, along with a petition for the strength, wisdom, & assurance to accept that whatever happens, it's part of God's plan, and that our true (and only real important) reward awaits us in Heaven, having been purchased by Christ & the blood He shed on the cross.


TKls2myhrt said...

Our book study on the seduction of Christianity tonight focused on the theology of the cross versus the theology of glory. I'm working on a good post!