Thursday, May 21, 2009

when did asking for prayer get so out of fashion?

Lately (say, over the past year or so) I have noticed that folks will ask for or offer "good thoughts" to be sent someone's way, especially in a health crisis situation. What the heck is that about? I'm not even sure how that is supposed to work. Is that like some sort of telepathic voodoo?
"Send some good thoughts our way," is how I've seen the term used mostly. Although I've also seen folks ask for good vibes. (Did the Beach Boys start this?) I'm inclined to believe that this is another New Age idea sort of like the crystal worship of the early 90's.
If someone asks for me to send 'good thoughts'... do they think there is magic in my thoughts? Am I that powerful? What are my magical, powerful, good thoughts going to do, heal someone? I don't think so. And what if I don't like the person asking for good thoughts and I decide to send bad thoughts instead? Would I be equally as magical or powerful?

I think all of this comes from the "believe in yourself" trend that folks are buying into these days. Believe in myself? Excuse me? Who am I?
I do, however, believe in what God can do through me, and I trust the talents that He has chosen to bestow upon me, but that is the extent of it.

So, all of this to say, if you ever need them, I've got all the prayers you need... but impish, magical, child-like good thoughts? Notsomuch.


Laura said...

No kidding.

Amen, Sister.

Rae*Danae Designs said...

Amen! I want people's prayers, not thoughts! Our Heavenly Father has our back!

MargaretJDMom said...

It is just pc-ness gone overboard. Nobody says "God bless you!" anymore after someone sneezes for fear of offending people. I always tell people I will pray for them...especially the non believers!