Church Leaders Urge Christians to Reduce Prayer Footprint
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14965) 12 years ago
Experts warn of a looming shortage of "supernatural resources"

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.

http://www.holyobserver.c...ootprints/
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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1882) 12 years ago
Looks like something from "The Onion".
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Posted by joey (+100) 12 years ago
that is just wrong in so many ways that i just cant put into words how i feal about that. As a christian my self i must say that what there asking is just abserd!! Asking us to pray for only sertan ppl? and to buy prayer credits!!! it just makes me sick to see so many religis leaders hold a sumit about some thing like this....
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6043) 12 years ago
Joey - Do you know what "satire" is? Here's a hint: don't take what Richard posted at face value.

Just because Richard probably believes it's true doesn't mean it is.
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Posted by Lorin Dixson (+598) 12 years ago
that is just wrong in so many ways that i just cant put into words how i feal about that. As a christian my self i must say that what there asking is just abserd!! Asking us to pray for only sertan ppl? and to buy prayer credits!!! it just makes me sick to see so many religis leaders hold a sumit about some thing like this....

Joey you have out done even your self
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Posted by howdy (+4945) 12 years ago
Lorin, look up the word "satire" and apply it to the article.....
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Posted by J. Dyba (+1339) 12 years ago
There is so much confusion in this thread it's beyond beliefication.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5096) 12 years ago
Hey J, have you ever seen the "Epic Sandwich" blog on citypages.com?

http://blogs.citypages.co...wich_k.php

I am so walking across the bridge on Hennepin this summer for a "Kramarczuk."
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11786) 12 years ago
JOKE people. It is a JOKE.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6043) 12 years ago
I suggest we send this thread to Iran so that we can nuke it.
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Posted by Dillpickle (+35) 12 years ago
Dear God,

I love this site, please allow it's continuance.

Your's truly,

Moran in training.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14965) 12 years ago
"I suggest we send this thread to Iran so that we can nuke it."

Which, the thread or Iran?
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6043) 12 years ago
Both. Iran hates America. All Iranians are Muslim Pirates and MUST be nuked. As we are going to be nuking Iran and all America-hating Iranians, it seems efficient to send this thread there, don't you think?

NUKE ALL NON-AMERICANS! NUKE EVERYONE WHO QUESTIONS THIS TWICE!
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6166) 12 years ago
You go, Dillpickle. You even got the misspellings right!!!
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Posted by Stone (+1598) 12 years ago
Dyba, you rock.
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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1882) 12 years ago
Is it possible joey was using sarcasm?

Nah.

Oops. Make that Lorin.


Still nah.

[This message has been edited by Bob Netherton (6/17/2009)]
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Posted by milagros (+50) 12 years ago
Helena has what is called "The Healing Room." It is manned by trained volunteers for a few hours every Tuesday. People of any religious persuasion who have a desire to pray wander in and out. There are about two or three rooms in the building available for prayer. There is no judgment. The volunteers are dedicated people who just want to help others overcome their circumstances through prayer. For Christians, The Bible reveals the one thing Jesus did more than any other...He prayed and not just on Sunday morning. He tells His followers that they will be able to do even greater things than He. There is only one answer to that....we have not because we ask not.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14965) 12 years ago
I thought the healing room was a shoe repair business where boots can be re-soul-ed.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6043) 12 years ago
No, it's a place where dogs are trained.
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Posted by R. Lundby (+20) 12 years ago
This is the funniest thread I've seen in a long time! Well, next to the Pooh swine flu and the bacon ones!
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