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From The Small Catechism by Dr. Martin Luther:

The Second Commandment.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.

What does this mean?–Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

After the national tragedies in our embassies in Egypt and Libya, I have heard many well-intentioned people saying on TV, “Our prayers go the family of…”, and such. I am taken aback by the object of those statements regarding prayer. Our prayers are TO  fill-in-the-blank?  It should be FOR. It sounds as if prayer then is simply good thoughts toward someone, which is fine, but it is not prayer. Our prayers do not go TO them, prayer goes to the Lord in their behalf.  I know I am being picayune about this or may be not be.  Maybe the folks saying this really mean “for”, if so, then say, “for’!   Marshal McLuhan said that the medium is the massage.  By passively watching AND hearing something many times on TV, we begin to assimilate it into our consciences.  On their literal, face value,  I think this kind of reference to prayer is plainly false doctrine.  I want to say to those saying these statements, I’ m glad you talk about prayer. Now didn’t you really mean that your prayer is to the Lord? Any time prayer is mentioned in the public square, I think is good, but we also need to be theological watchdogs.  And yes, pray, pray for peace in the Middle East, and the President, and the Congress, and especially for our armed forces in harm’s way.

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