Sunday, March 11, 2007

Prayer Handkerchief

Have you received your prayer handkerchief yet? Well, I haven't, either; but a member of First Baptist Church here received his. Actually, it is not a real handkerchief. They are now making them on paper to save money. They are printing a handkerchief design on a very cheap piece of paper to look like a handkerchief.

When you receive yours, you are supposed to write your name in the clear center of the handkerchief and then the name of a friend who is in need of prayer, and you are to send the handkerchief back the very next day with a love offering to activate the miracle that you wish for.

A part of the packet reads, "My dear child, I have much joy planned for you. As you remain faithful in your seed sowing into my kingdom, surely you shall be blessed ..."

Now seed-sowing is defined in the packet as sending money to the people who send you the handkerchief. When you return the handkerchief with your offering, they will pray over it, anoint it, and you will receive your miracle.

The letter closes, "Thank God that this anointed prayer handkerchief is back in the mail, on its way to this 56-year-old church. We thank you. --Amen"

Now, if you get one of these handkerchiefs, you must make a decision. I am keeping this one, because my member gave it to me. I am keeping it, however, only to use it as an illustration when I teach of how uninformed and unbiblical people are today, how vulnerable they are to the world's religions. Don't be fooled by this nonsense. You do not need someone to pray over a handkerchief for you to be blessed of God. Notice what the Bible says:

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


Anonymous said...

God help you to see what the Bible says about prayer cloths and seed sowing. You seem to be strongly opposed to anything which promotes belief in the miracle-working power of the God you claim to serve.

R. Wolfe said...

I definitely believe in the power of prayer. I believe that God can and will answer our prayers and that his power is as potent today as it has always been and will always be. I believe that God heals people often, sometimes simply because it is his will (even without prayer), and sometimes through our prayers.

I do not deny the power of God through prayer, I just do not believe that we are required to have a handerkerchief that someone supposedly blessed with his hand or sweat in order for God's power to be manifest in our lives.

I can pray to God, and he will answer according to his promises in scripture without needing some physical thing to make a "contact."

We can come boldly before his throne and ask our petitions, and he will answer--that is the conclusion of the whole matter.

God bless you. Keep on praying. God will answer even without a cloth--Praise God!