God expects believers to pray aloud in public
A recent letter-writer asked in the letter, “Cannot God hear a silent prayer as well?” The answer is a resounding “yes.” But why would God answer such a prayer, one in which you expect results if all you want is a blessing without any effort on your part? Do you think God is in the business of passing out blessings without a personal commitment? I don’t think so.
The Daily Advance does no one a favor by allowing people to show their ignorance on matters they should be well versed in to begin with. If all that God requires of us is to intellectually believe in him why do you think that so many of the Old and New Testament saints gave their lives for the gospel? Why did Jesus offer himself on the cross if all it takes is to simply believe and utter a silent prayer? Why were so many brutally murdered in the Roman Coliseum for their testimony if all they needed was to stand for a “moment of silence?”
God is an activist God and a man of war. He requires believers to be the same way. Religion is not a personal thing as many believe. It’s to be shared with all we come in contact with in our daily lives, even if we need to write our beliefs on a piece of paper and wave it all about as one former politician has said.
In a manner reminiscent of the altar-building prophets of the Bible, Christians have always been required to announce to the world that they are believers — even in public.