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You Might As Well Punch Jesus In the Face If You’re Gonna Do This!

Fist Punch

Today I want to stand high upon a soapbox that I’ve been meaning to stand on for a while now.  You may feel differently on this particular issue than me, so feel free to write a book on it, or leave a comment below…whichever is easier.

I was in a church some months ago where a lady passed out this page they called their “prayer bulletin.” (or something like that)

Basically, it was this page with at least fifty or so prayer requests on it.  “So and so is sick,” “this person died”…really those are the only two I remember.  It was a whole page full of it.  The church was about a hundred years old, so really what did I expect?  And when I say 100 years old, I’m talking about the average age of attendees.

Ok, back on track and to my point.  I have nothing against prayer warriors rallying around those in need and praying for them at all.

So the pastor directed this meeting and people, one by one, gave new prayer requests as the lady added them to a list. There were probably about ten or so. (One for every person there) There were some pretty depressing stories to be heard might I add.

My point here is: where are the Praise Reports?  You know, the things that God did for us?  We basically sat around for 30 minutes and praised the devil for all that he’s been doing in the church and disguised it as “prayer requests.” Not one thing that God has done was mentioned.

Nothing attracts angels and the presence of God more than His people declaring the awesome works that He has done. So naturally, the opposite is true. When we go on and on about what the Devil is doing, it attracts the darkness.  I could literally feel it in my spirit.  We wonder why the Devil has such a foothold in our churches.

They should re-name that “prayer request list” to “Devil Praise Report List.”

Yes, we should have prayer requests, but take more time to declare the good works of the lord! Man, you want to see your services change? Share some testimonies before you start. The angles will flock to hear you tell what the lord has done.

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  1. Doug

    I can’t claim to know the nature of God, but I tend to think he’s more concerned about His children taking care of each other, rather than listening to them selfishly suck up to Him, especially when done with lame shallow pop songs. Making bad songs about Him is really punching Jesus in the face.

  2. Amanda

    Revisit this opinion when you are 100 years old, as you assert to be the average age of your fellow churchgoers. When you’re sick and in pain all the time and the people you love are dying all around you. When support from your fellow Christians is likely among the last remaining comforts you experience in life. I guess these old unsightly people should just go off and suffer in silence, or hurry up and get on with dying, so that they aren’t a bummer for young people who want to praise God in a more enjoyable way. But is praising God really about you enjoying yourself and feeling good? Is that really His goal? To make young, healthy people feel happy?

    At least as I comprehend it, empathy and fairness are the cornerstones of Christ’s message. Are you being fair and empathetic to those in need by saying they should not be prayed for in church because it is depressing to you? Consider the following from Matthew 25:35-40:

    “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous answered him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King answered them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

    Kindness and compassion are tools of God, not the devil, and these ideals are among those for which He is to be praised. Even a small kindness like remembering someone in prayer is praising God, and even if acknowledging someone’s plight does not put you in a good mood. Church is not a party and doing God’s work is not about you feeling good and having fun. By not showing kindness and empathy toward others, even old, unattractive others, I believe this is really the way to punch Jesus in the face.

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  4. John-Rock Bilodeau
    John-Rock Bilodeau07-06-2014

    I think i get what you are trying to say here, but I would have to disagree with you point about praising the devil. Psalm 50:15 says “Call on Me in a day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor Me”. (HCSB)

    So God himself asks us to present us with our problem, and even says that in doing so we honor Him, not Satan. In addition to this, if people are presenting their problems before God in a time of Prayer, them proceeding to Praise or Worship him in song, are they not saying that despite the trouble in my life that i will continue to trust in You.

    I usually really enjoy your blog post, but i found that the title of this one was actually quite judgmental and disrespectful of other believer and their prayers or petitions to God. To equate asking for prayer for bad things happening to praising the devil or punching Jesus in the face….I have to ask myself, what would Jesus think.

    I totally agree with the point on taking the time to reflect on what God has done in our lives and give praise for that…I just don’t agree with the rest.

  5. Frances

    Great post! This is so true!! Gosh, I never even thought about it like that before. But, I totally agree with you!

    • Shalon

      Thank you!

  6. Eric Anderson
    Eric Anderson06-10-2014