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Have you ever read Romans 9? Pt 2

Part 2!

Have you ever read Romans 9? Pt 1

I’ve been hanging out in Dr. White’s online chat/apologetics channels for years, now. I found a gem on RecoverThe Gospel that I can’t believe I’ve never heard before, as long as I’ve been there.

I thought I’d share it with you, 1 part at a time. Thanks Lane!

Requested: Public Prayer

Someone emailed me yesterday, and asked me to provide my thoughts on whether prayer (over meals, specifically) in public is acceptable, per Matthew 6:5-6.

Well, I’m going to make two caveats. One, I’m not going to link to the post in question, because it has seriously derailed. Two, I’m only addressing that specific question.

So, with that said, here goes.

Prayer, indeed, is to be private. However, there is a difference between prayer, and giving thanks.

What we do when we “bless our food”, as it is commonly called, is not in the pattern of prayer which the Lord outlined, in His prayer. It is not meditation and communion with the Lord, as a fully realized prayer to God is – it is an almost ritualistic blessing, or thanksgiving, for the blessings we have received from Him.

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