I guess I’m a curmudgeon, but there are few things I dislike more than postings on Facebook where people are soliciting prayer.
- Please pray for me.
- Please pray for a special need.
- Please pray for my mother (husband, son, daughter, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, etc., etc.)
- Please pray for _______.
- Please pray that I win the lottery.
Well, maybe that last one is fictional but you get the idea.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t begrudge anyone their faith in God and prayer, but I find it difficult to understand why such requests need to be broadcast on Facebook. Not only that, in many instances the requests are vague and undefined so even if you were a person of faith, you have no idea what you are praying for. Seems to me a better way would be to contact one’s believer “friends” directly through messaging so details can be provided on the exact need.
Often the prayer request posting is followed up by one in which God is praised for answering prayer. Again, I wonder why this must be a public announcement. (In cases where there is no follow-up posting, does it mean the prayer wasn’t answered?)
OK. Rant over.