Drinking Deeply

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 1:13 AM

A quick post

Got back from Resolved. It was great. God is great. Biblical preaching, convicting power... simply awesome. But anyway, not much time to post, (and I want to get to those questions) so here's an email I sent off to a friend a while ago.

I went back and looked at it and am now wondering: Is this biblical? Most of it is, but there is some that seems "pragmatic" or "nice thought" but may not really be biblical. What do you guys think?

I'm writing to encourage a friend to pray aloud, especially at the end of our officer meetings and I write:

1) Prayer aloud encourages other people to pray themselves along.

I cannot mention how much having someone else's prayer to guide my prayers have helped me not only to formulate my own prayers but help me remember what to pray for later on my own.
2) Prayer aloud opens other people to our burdens

Oftentimes in our prayers we pray about what has been on our hearts. This oftentimes broadens my perspective a great deal. When I pray on my own, I oftentimes pray for the same things over and over.

3) Prayer aloud forces us to think about what we're praying for and to say it.

Sometimes it's difficult to think and we end up just "praying" blanks. Truly, God does know our hearts better than we do ourselves, and he does listen to the Holy Spirit as it interceeds for us in groans too deep for words, but when we pray, it challenges us as well. It reminds us what we are seeking (God), and brings us to remember what He is doing. When we pray "blanks" there is no such challenge, and it's all too easy to just let things slide.

4) Prayer encourages the one we're praying for if they're there

There is nothing more encouraging than to know that people are interceeding with the Almighty on our behalf.

Some reasons not to pray aloud:

1) Preaching

We aren't preaching when we pray, we're not calling down condemnation out of pride and a desire to be proven right, we're coming before a Holy God, and that posture should be in humbleness

2) Desire for recognition

Christ's words are sufficient for this

Matthew 6

5"And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your third point especially, because I think that the 2 Corinthians 10:5 command is not only a call for demolishing arguments that others make against Christ, but also disobedience in our minds too (v11). For great is the tendency during silent prayer to drift off into random thoughts/babble, which is offensive to the Holy God before whom we come.

why do we pray out loud? i think one good reason is that it's modeled for us in the bible. in Acts 4:23-31 you see the early church praying out loud together. especially v.24, where it says "they raised their voices together". they were then filled with the holy spirit and proclaimed the gospel boldly. so you could probably draw from this passage that public prayer is a blessing of fellowship with other believers and it encourages us to be bold in our faith.
also, in the old testament, public confession of sins occured in nehemiah 9. in v. 4 it says, "standing on the stairs were the levites - [and a list of names] - who called with loud voices to the Lord their God."

anyway, just some thoughts.

- Jessica  


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