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.