Love Your Family - Ephesians 5:31-33

During the supplication prayer life group sermon notes, the question came up about asking for prayer. What does the Bible say about having more individuals praying for a specific request? If we share a request on facebook is 100 followers of Christ going to change the outcome of a prayer? Does a single prayer with persistence = so many people praying? Our answer in discussion was sharing the request shared the burden over the body of Christ.   

So here’s my take on “do more people praying change the outcome of a prayer?” Maybe. I say “maybe” because it’s not about how many people are praying so much as will God be glorified by the people who are praying when He answers the prayer.

In 2 Corinthians 1:11 (ESV), Paul writes, “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.” So “more people praying” can matter if the “more people will give thanks” after the prayer has been answered. So having 100 Facebook friends praying, even friends who are Christian, may not matter if they pray without giving God thanks after He’s answered the prayer.

Yet even our thankfulness is no guarantee that God will answer our prayers, for He is not a puppet on a string that we control. And when must remember that when Jesus taught His disciples to pray (Matthew 6:5-15), He told them to pray in secret, alone with God.

So ask friends to pray with you, with the goal of God being glorified and thanked if He answers your prayer. But don’t neglect praying alone, as this is what Jesus taught us to do.

How could the next couple of generations after Adam and Eve not involved incest?   

The traditional view (Protestant, Catholic and Jewish) holds that Adam and Eve had many other children and there would have been brother/sister marriages.  Genetic problems would not have been an issue in this early period of human history.  God’s ban on incest is not announced until Leviticus 18:6 which is a much later date.  I am not personally convinced or comfortable with this view but I know that someday the real answer will be made clear.

I've been using my NIV version Bible for years and it used to be the one most often used in service but now ESV or other  versions more often cited.  Why?

We use different versions because there are several very good translations available in the English language and we go back and forth based on which translation seems must helpful in teaching God’s Word.  For your personal use, stick with what works best for you.