Praying for others?

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  • pixel

    I’m looking for an article, from The Watchtower, where it says that we should not pray for other members from the stage. Does anyone remember an article saying this?

  • john.prestor

    I remember an article from 2014, 2015 saying not to pray for disfellowshipped persons.

  • carla

    What on earth would the reasoning be for not praying for somebody? What do jw's do with the following scriptures?

    Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

    Proverbs 25:21
    If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

    Luke 6:27
    But to those of you who will listen, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

  • john.prestor

    Ignore them I guess, heh.

  • contramundum

    I vaguely remember something along the lines of not mentioning individual witnesses' names when praying publicly on behalf of the congregation. There was a time when brothers would include the names of members who were sick, however I think they put a stop to this. I cannot imagine what scriptural precedent they came up with for this change.

  • minimus

    Isn’t that something? Don’t pray for Sister Jones who is dying of cancer in the hospital. Yes I’m convinced these people suck!

  • Lost in the fog
    Lost in the fog

    Was it this one? w09 11/15 pp. 3-7

  • jonahstourguide

    Is this it 'Lost in the fog'?

    18. What are some points that brothers should keep in mind when representing a congregation in public prayer?

    18 At our meetings, loyal men represent the congregation in public prayer. (1 Tim. 2:8) Fellow believers should be able to say “amen,” meaning “so be it,” at the end of such a prayer. To do so, however, they must agree with what was said. There is nothing shocking or tactless about Jesus’ model prayer. (Luke 11:2-4) Moreover, he did not itemize all the needs or problems of each person in his audience. Personal concerns are suitable subjects for private, not public, prayer. And when representing a group in prayer, we should refrain from including confidential matters.


  • Splash

    And yet it’s so much easier to pray for someone than actually help them out. You know, like friends or Christians would do.

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