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by Wayne Blank
The Prayer Requests page is updated once each day to include all of the prayers received during the past 24 hours (the reason that some prayer requests go online within an hour after they are sent, while others can take 23 hours; also, some are not received - always use "Prayer Request" as the subject of the email, and resend it if it does not appear online within 24 hours from the time that it is sent). I never refuse to publish any genuine prayer request. Although I could now very easily automate the Prayer Requests page, I have not done that because some (very, very few) requests are not published either because they are not actual prayer requests (e.g. someone making a token "prayer request" while including a spam ad) or they are hostile or unlawful (e.g. slanderous or threatening to some other person).
Some have commented that prayer requests occasionally include "points of doctrine" that are regarded as incorrect. I am aware of that, but I do not refuse to publish prayer requests for that reason, nor do I ever edit or censor any prayer request that is published. The reason is simply because prayers are to God, not to me, or any other human, living or dead. The prayer requests page is here to enable others, who wish to do so, to lend their voice to another person's prayer to God, if they wish others to do so - a Biblically sound, and Biblically encouraged, practice:
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16 KJV)
What does the Bible actually say about prayer? Who should we pray to?
"And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God." (Luke 6:12 KJV)
How should we pray?
"And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." (Mark 11:25-26 KJV)
Fact Finder: Is God's House a "House of prayer for all nations"?