Here's an excerpt from Loving Your Neighbors by Praying for their Churches, Eric Bancroft's contribution to the October issue of Tabletalk:
"What's wrong with that church?" she asked me in a hushed voice as she leaned in close. There I stood in the lobby of our church in 2008 with one of the members looking for insider information. "Which church are you talking about?" I responded, genuinely confused.
"The one you prayed for this morning during worship," she said.
Then it clicked. She was so taken back by the fact that I had prayed for another church in our city that she assumed, based on practices many Christians learn in "prayer meetings," my prayer was my way of saying: "Something is wrong. I can't really tell you about it but I can alert you by 'praying' for them."
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