Prayer Request Can Be A Subtle Form Of Gossip

My late friend, Evangelist A.D. Livingston, said, “I knew a woman that had a tongue so long, she could sit in the living room and lick the frying pan in the kitchen.”

My dear friend, Dr. Perry Purtle, said, “I preached a sermon on gossip and a lady came forward during the invitation and said, ‘ Dr. Purtle, I want to lay my tongue on the alter.’  He responded by saying, ‘Lady, that is impossible because the alter is only six foot long!’”

Through the years, I have noticed that many use “Prayer Requests” as a subtle form of gossip. They will say, “Let’s pray for Larry and Sue because they are having family problems.” Or, “Let’s pray for Sally, she is pregnant and not married.”  Or, “Let’s pray for Tom, he lost his job because of a drug problem.”

Prayer request are good when they avoid gossip.  Let’s be very careful how we word them and be sure our motive is correct.

About Dr. Mike Harmon

Dr. Harmon began preaching at the age of 15 while living in southern California. He has conducted over 600 revivals and evangelistic campaigns nationwide, and has served as Senior Pastor at seven churches. Dr. Harmon has degrees from Central Baptist College, the University of Central Arkansas, and a Ph.D. From the Christian Bible College and Seminary. He has served as trustee for Southeastern Baptist College and Chairman of the trustees for the BMA Theological Seminary. He also served as Chaplain for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Senate. His many sermons and articles on Christian Apologetics are widely published. He is married to one wife of 43 years; has two sons, and seven grandchildren. He considers the simple pleasures of cooking, dining with family and friends, and liesurely rides on his Harley through the Texas Hill Country to be some of the most enjoyable blessings from the Lord.
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