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Church Leaders Urge Christians to Reduce Their Prayer Footprints
The Holy Observer ^

Posted on 11/22/2013 9:25:59 AM PST by Alex Murphy

VATICAN CITY — An unprecedented summit of Christian leaders convened here earlier this month to take part in a summit to address what many fear could be the greatest spiritual crisis of our time — a shortage of prayer.

“With the global economic crisis touching more and more lives around the world, we have just one question,” said Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley. “Where is all of the extra prayer that these people need going to come from?”

A portion of the summit, which included both evangelical and Catholic leaders from around the world, was focused on finding alternative sources of prayer to solve the looming prayer gap over the long term, but the vast majority of the sessions targeted ways to get Christians to reduce their need for prayer and become good stewards of what leaders are calling “supernatural resources.” All of these discussions culminated in a loud and clear message to Christians: reduce your prayer footprint.

While no formal definition of a prayer footprint exists, it is generally understood to be a rough calculation of the total amount of prayer used to address the requests and needs of a given Christian. Leaders are suggesting a number of simple steps for believers to reduce their contribution to the expected prayer shortage.

“We see a lot of low-hanging fruit out there,” said Rob Bell, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Grandville, Michigan. “People need to use some common sense. When you ask for prayer, you will most likely get prayed for at the expense of something else — and probably something more important than your bunions. Then there’s all that stuff hanging out there on the prayer chain that was resolved weeks ago, not to mention things that are really hopeless anyway.”

But a joint statement signed by the 200-plus summit attendees suggests that small changes in the way Christians around the world ask for and receive prayer won’t be enough.

“All available data points to Christians praying less and less while requiring more and more prayer,” the statement reads. “Eliminating obvious waste in the prayer process will alleviate prayer problems in the short term, but the long term solution will have to include both a significant reduction in the prayer footprint of the average Christian and a vigorous search for alternative sources of prayer.”

Accomplishing those goals, said summit attendees, will require a fundamental paradigm shift in the Christian community.

“We know that the average Christian prays just five to ten minutes a day, and that the number of Christians is finite,” said Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson. “This is going to lead to some tough questions. Does your sister’s ankle sprain really need to use up supernatural resources in these times? Do we need to pray for every single person who has a non life-threatening illness, or can we lump them all together into a single line item? As Christians, we need start thinking seriously about shepherding this resource in a responsible way.”

Summit attendees also began the process of establishing guidelines to help Christians calculate their prayer footprint, as well as details of a Supplication Mitigation system that allows Christians to offset an overuse of supernatural resources by purchasing prayer credits. Proceeds from the sale of these credits will go to fund research into alternative sources of prayer.

“We’ve been looking into the possibility of prayer centers in India to handle some of the anticipated prayer load,” Bell said. “We’ve also given some thought to approaching the Screen Actor’s Guild to get actors and extras in church scenes on TV and in movies to take an actual list of prayer requests when they have to act like they’re praying. These are the kinds of creative, out-of-the-box solutions we need at a time like this.”

It’s unclear whether the prayer footprint summit will be an annual event, but organizers are making an unusual request of the public.

“Please don’t pray for our efforts,” O’Malley said.


TOPICS: Catholic; Humor
KEYWORDS: satire
VATICAN CITY — An unprecedented summit of Christian leaders convened here earlier this month to take part in a summit to address what many fear could be the greatest spiritual crisis of our time — a shortage of prayer. “With the global economic crisis touching more and more lives around the world, we have just one question,” said Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley. “Where is all of the extra prayer that these people need going to come from?”...

....“We see a lot of low-hanging fruit out there,” said Rob Bell, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Grandville, Michigan. “People need to use some common sense. When you ask for prayer, you will most likely get prayed for at the expense of something else — and probably something more important than your bunions. Then there’s all that stuff hanging out there on the prayer chain that was resolved weeks ago, not to mention things that are really hopeless anyway”....“We’ve been looking into the possibility of prayer centers in India to handle some of the anticipated prayer load,” Bell said. “We’ve also given some thought to approaching the Screen Actor’s Guild to get actors and extras in church scenes on TV and in movies to take an actual list of prayer requests when they have to act like they’re praying. These are the kinds of creative, out-of-the-box solutions we need at a time like this.”

It’s unclear whether the prayer footprint summit will be an annual event, but organizers are making an unusual request of the public. “Please don’t pray for our efforts,” O’Malley said.

1 posted on 11/22/2013 9:25:59 AM PST by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

I had no idea! Thanks for posting this timely warning.

Everyone should print this off, make a bunch of copies and pass them out at church this Sunday!


2 posted on 11/22/2013 9:35:29 AM PST by Gamecock (If you like your constitution, you can keep your constitution. Period. (M.S.))
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To: Alex Murphy
????

Is there a shortage of supernatural resources?

Has God complained that he can't handle the volume?

Teaching Christians how to pray effectively, and what to pray for, including what to ask for others and what to ask for themselves, is very valuable.

But at 10 minutes/Christian/Day, we shouldn't be reducing our prayer footprint. We should be increasing our prayer footprint and learning how to make it more effective by asking for the important things not the trivial things.

3 posted on 11/22/2013 9:36:13 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Alex Murphy
"....“We see a lot of low-hanging fruit out there,” said Rob Bell,"

I suspect he meant, "...low-hanging fruits..." This is Rob Bell, after all.

4 posted on 11/22/2013 9:36:36 AM PST by Dutchboy88
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To: Alex Murphy

On rereading, maybe it’s the prayer chain that’s complaining.


5 posted on 11/22/2013 9:37:07 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: All

You've been warned - not that it's gonna help much.

6 posted on 11/22/2013 9:37:31 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Alex Murphy

How often are we to pray? My Pastor said something like this a few years ago.

Islam: Five Prayers daily.

Jewish: Three times a day and more depending on the day.

Christian: All the time.


7 posted on 11/22/2013 9:39:13 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: DannyTN
But at 10 minutes/Christian/Day, we shouldn't be reducing our prayer footprint. We should be increasing our prayer footprint and learning how to make it more effective by asking for the important things not the trivial things.

Exactly!

I think The Almighty has enough bandwidth...

8 posted on 11/22/2013 9:40:34 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Alex Murphy
They forgot

Mega PrayerPower unleashed by angel technologies.

"It's bigger than fracking!"


9 posted on 11/22/2013 9:40:42 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (What does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God.)
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To: Alex Murphy
“We’ve been looking into the possibility of prayer centers in India to handle some of the anticipated prayer load,” Bell said. These are the kinds of creative, out-of-the-box solutions we need at a time like this.”

Thank you and pray again.

10 posted on 11/22/2013 9:41:05 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Alex Murphy
Church Leaders Urge Christians to Reduce Their Prayer Footprints

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice always;

17 pray without ceasing;

18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Who are going you believe ?

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
11 posted on 11/22/2013 9:41:29 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Leaders are suggesting a number of simple steps for believers to reduce their contribution to the expected prayer shortage.

Is it just me, or isn't that exactly the opposite of what the title suggests?

12 posted on 11/22/2013 9:42:29 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Alex Murphy

Wow... prayer rationing.. who’ve thought?


13 posted on 11/22/2013 9:44:13 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Gamecock

People have been very skeptical about the coming prayer crisis, I wonder how they feel now?


14 posted on 11/22/2013 9:57:19 AM PST by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Alex Murphy

Ya know, sometimes there’s so much realism to life in these articles that it becomes difficult to separate fact from fiction.


15 posted on 11/22/2013 9:58:02 AM PST by HarleyD (...one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.)
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To: Alex Murphy

For some of us, “See Spot! See Spot run!” is deeply intellectual material.


16 posted on 11/22/2013 10:09:35 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Alex Murphy

“With the global economic crisis touching more and more lives around the world, we have just one question,” said Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley. “Where is all of the extra prayer that these people need going to come from?”

I seriously believe that the above quote from Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley was taken out of context.

The writer wants us to believe that we should pray less often, and only pray for the serious things. The Catholic church believes that we should pray MORE often. It keeps us in touch with God. It doesn’t have to be down-on-the-knees long prayers, it can be as simple as a few words. And it can take place silently anywhere at any time.

God is everywhere, not merely in a church, or with a prayer group.


17 posted on 11/22/2013 10:12:30 AM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: kitkat
I seriously believe that the above quote from Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley was taken out of context.

FWIW, I don't think it was.

18 posted on 11/22/2013 10:16:08 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Alex Murphy
The photo is my answer to this idiot notion!

When I am weary, hurting, I call on your Name and I feel at peace. When I am to weak to carry the burden, YOU carry me.


19 posted on 11/22/2013 10:50:10 AM PST by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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To: Gamecock

We need MORE prayer not less prayer! The nation that turns it’s back on Jehovah will suffer. The OT is full of times when God punished His chosen people because they turned their backs on Him and started worshiping idols. And the NT promises He will do so again, this time instead of a flood it will be fire and brimstone. And Praise GOD a RAPTURE of those Sealed to HIM!


20 posted on 11/22/2013 10:53:41 AM PST by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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To: Gamecock

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21 posted on 11/22/2013 11:04:56 AM PST by Flying Circus (God save us!)
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To: Flying Circus; Alex Murphy
The stories and content on The Holy Observer are mostly fabricated and should not be taken seriously.

Alex! Is this true???

22 posted on 11/22/2013 11:11:45 AM PST by Gamecock (If you like your constitution, you can keep your constitution. Period. (M.S.))
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