A Walk with Mr O

The prayer meeting is getting me down

The prayer meeting is getting me down
Stuart Olyott
Stuart Olyott Stuart Olyott is an actively retired minister and conference speaker. He preaches most Sunday mornings at Caergwrle Evangelical Church.
25 October, 2022 3 min read

Mr O, since the summer I’ve been going regularly to our church’s weekly prayer meeting, but, to be honest, it’s beginning to get me down.

You know what I’m going to say next! Tell me more.

Well, first of all, there aren’t many people there. Those that are there don’t seem very fired up. The same people pray every week and pretty much in the same order. The meeting is made up of long prayers and long silences and, frankly, I usually go home quite discouraged. It doesn’t have to be like that, does it?

No, it doesn’t. But please get hold of this: the problem is not the prayer meeting. A poor prayer meeting is a symptom of spiritual disease, but it is not the disease itself. Don’t soothe the spots and leave the underlying condition untreated!

I’ve never thought of it like that. So what is the underlying condition?

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