There is something sobering about having years of messages/sermons recorded. For decades now, every one of these Sunday morning messages has been recorded and made available. The recordings were first made on cassette tape, then CDs, and now these messages are available on iTunes. If someone were to listen to every one of those messages, which span several decades, what might they conclude? What could they conclude about the church? What seems to be important to the one speaking? What are the recurring themes?
Now that is sobering — and humbling.
I also wonder the same about our public prayers. If several people were able to examine transcripts (if they existed) of all public prayers from church assemblies, small groups, Bible classes, etc., what might they conclude? What seems to be important? What are the recurring themes?
I suspect that one might conclude that praying for the sick is very important to us. In many circles, if the opportunity was given to make prayer requests, the focus might almost entirely be on praying for the sick. Of course, praying for the sick is important. But a question emerges that I think is important.
What else seems to be stressed in public prayer? What do you hear stressed or emphasized repeatedly?
I think these are important questions to ask. What is stressed and what is not stressed? Do we pray for the things that seem to be front and center in Scripture? Do we pray for what seems to be important to Jesus? Recently, I mentioned in another post that at times I have surveyed the messages that I have preached in recent years. Even a cursory glance at the titles was revealing to me. I began to see a few gaps that I just didn’t realize were there.
Where are the gaps in public prayer? What do you think ought to be stressed more than it is?