"The Brooklyn Tabernacle operates a prayer line on which people can call or e-mail requests. The evening I visited, Cymbala read a request from a woman who had recently been evicted. “She’s either from Virginia or her name is Virginia,” he said, squinting at the paper in front of him. “Either way, I want God to help this person and the others who have contacted us for prayer."Err, so, will it be the whole of Virginia that gets a little heavenly help, or all the Virginia's scattered across the US?
Accepting personal requests, yet being a little sloppy, careless, over the intended recipient strikes me as false advertising. One way or another, Virginia, she of much implied faith, was short changed.
"The tabernacle’s missionary to Haiti then took the stage and launched into a long, bitter account of her difficulties getting her car out of customs in Port au Prince. In heavily accented English she asked the congregation to pray against the Haitian customs assessors. Cymbala stepped in and asked the congregation to pray for a miracle — and to help make it come true by donating $8,000 to liberate the mission’s automobile. I calculated my share at $3 and paid gladly. In the absence of faith, works."I'll have to take it on faith that the missionary was providing an example of the wrong way to pray. I'm sure the Haitian customers assessors didn't warrant a prayer inviting vengeance or smiting against them.
Journalist Zev Chafets goes in search of the intricacies of good prayer practices ...
The right way to pray