I was just wanting some feedback about email prayers. I have included a couple of examples.My instructions were to pick four (4) people that IwantedGod to bless, and I picked you. Please pass this to at least four (4)peopleyou want to be blessed and a copy back to me.This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the bestgifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let'scontinue topray for one another.The prayer:Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives andthosethat I care deeply for, who are reading this right now. Show them a newrevelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister totheir spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Yourpeaceand mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence throughYour grace. Where there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs. Blesstheir homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings. Amen.(If the Lord lays upon your heart to send this to morethan four "4" people, you are truly blessed).
It could be totally innocent, but:1) It could be an attempt to clog up the internet. Especially the second one, in under an hour everyone in the world (if they had a computer) would have received one of these emails; imagine how many would be sent in a day or a week.2) It could be an attempt to harvest emails to create an email list to sell. Again especially the second one, as you reply to the sender.3) It might contain viruses, trojan horses or the like that will damage or hijack your computer.4) It might direct you to websites that contain such things and cause damage to your computer.Don't be fooled by the fact that it came from a friend, they might have been tricked by the email. The general advice for pyramid emails and any other unsolicited emails is to delete them, they too often come with a lot of baggage.We ought to be praying for the people we think off anyway, without needing an email to remind us.But, there is a small chance it is totally innocent.Mike
I get a lot of emails saying if you love Jesus you will forward this email to x number of persons, or you say a prayer ... any variation of the original post. I delete it because it sounds so mechanical and prayer ain't that, brother! Prayer is communion with God on the Spirit level, not mouthing a few words...I will not be held hostage to threatening emails of this kind although I know the sender did not have any bad intentions in mind. I consider most, if not all, having good intentions and mean no harm. Actually, I would guess most have not even given this issue a thought. If you do say somehing it is interesting how many will admit to having entertained some reservations about it. But I tire of it: I get to sound like a broken record.... Know what that means? ask your parents... ;-)My opinion....ginnyrose
ginnyrose wrote: I get to sound like a broken record.... Know what that means? ask your parents... ;-)
When I get a "prayer" email, it sounds manipulative and it smacks of superstition. . . [i]"pray these words and you will be blessed. . . "[/i] I usually can't delete them fast enough.However, I know fine people who appreciate them and use them for good. Any stimulus to pray is a good thing, as long as it's heartfelt and scriptural. I just get uncomfortable when I feel manipulated.
There is a reason for a delete button on your e_mail browser. Best thing to do is ask your friends not to forward such stuff, no matter how well meaning they may be. Come to think of it, I need to get in touch with a couple of my friends now.. ;-) Blessings Greg