Yes, I know that the Bible says we should knock and it will open; we should seek and we will find, and we should ask and we will get it. However, this notion by certain pastors and crusade ministers that people should bring any kind of prayer request to them because they can pray for God to answer the prayer because, according to them, God is there to answer any kind of prayer is something that confuses me.
Many praying mothers and men are all over the place selling prayers as if prayers were a kind of commodity to be priced. It seems some people just enjoy embarrassing God – or embarrassing themselves?
As I indicated in Part I, at a crusade I recently attended, I heard the preacher say, “Are you doing a business or running an organization that is not going well? Come to Jesus with the problem. Is your business or organization taking long to pick up? Pray about it, and it will pick up very fast. Are you finding it very difficult to attract customers or donors? Pray about it, and you will experience instant progress.
The Lord has anointed me to pray for any kind of business or institution that is experiencing any form of problem. Your business or organization will be successful after the prayer. Come forward and ask for prayer. Come. Come forward. Come. Don’t be afraid. Jesus is there for you and your business or organization. Come right now. I am here to pray for any kind of business or organization. Jesus is ready to help any kind of business or institution to succeed. Come right now.”
Quickly, twenty persons jumped to their feet and started walking to the altar for prayers. Everyone, including me, was anxious to hear the kind of business or organization each was running and the kind of prayer that would be offered. I prepared my ears and my heart.
The first person who indicated his kind of business and put in his prayer request was a man who said he had a casket business that was not doing well. He then asked the pastor to pray so that God would create the condition for his business to prosper. Please read Part I.
The second person to make known his prayer request was a man who owned and operated a funeral home. He, too, wanted the pastor to prayer for his business to go, in other words, for more and more people to die so that their dead bodies could be taken to his funeral home. Read Part 2.
The third person to ask the crusade preacher for prayer was an old lady who owned a graveyard land left with her by her parents. She lived on the fee paid by those burying there. She wanted prayer for more burials to take place on the land.
The fourth group comprised two brothers who asked the pastor to pray for situations that would cause them to make progress in their wreath business – selling of funeral flowers.
The next group – four persons in all – comprised two grave diggers and two tomb makers. They asked the pastor to pray so that God would do something about their business. Their spokesman began: “Pastor, please pray for us so that God can help us to get unaccountable grave digging and tomb making contracts from people far and wide daily. We are ready to dig and make tombs non-stop.”
An old lady not too far from them cut her eyes and said, “Yor see trouble, my people? I reject it. Da na my grave or my tomb. Da yor pa and ma grave and tomb you talking about so.”
Quickly, another man took the microphone. He indicated that he was the Founder and Executive Director of an NGO dealing with rape cases. He began thus: “I need prayer, pastor. My donors are cutting their funding because there are not many rape cases these days. In fact, some have completely stopped funding. If there are no rape cases to talk about or include in my report, I am finished because then the organization will collapse. Please pray so that God can create the conditions that will cause my organization to hear about many rape cases, enabling us to catalogue, investigate and report these rape cases for continuous funding from our donors.”
Right after his prayer request, a teenage girl who had been a rape victim on two separate occasions said, “Shame on you. You are a good-for-nothing man. May shame, disgrace and disappointment be your portion until death.”
To be continued…
Seriously, my people, aren’t these points to ponder?