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5 January, 2015 11:03

January 5, 2015

The Pathetic Peddling of Prayer Shawls

This morning I was listening to a well know television preacher who shall remain nameless. I usually have no bone to pick with him as he has faithfully proclaimed the Word of God for years. Following his teaching he appeared again this time to peddle one of his products; a prayer shawl. Now if people want to waste their money on trivia, that’s okay with me. It’s their money and they have the right to spend it as they please. What really got my goat was the way this man spiritualized this particular product making it sound not only mystical, but almost magical. In not wanting to misrepresent what he said I decided to visit his ministries’ web page and quote him directly. Here is how it reads. ‘The tallit or prayer shawl, designed by God, has been worn by devout Jews for centuries. Its legacy is woven throughout the Old and New Testaments. It still carries the power to energize your prayer life.’

I sincerely question that prayer shawls were ever designed or demanded by God, as my Bible is totally silent concerning this. He also declared that both Jesus and Paul used prayer shawls. Once again my Bible mentions nothing along these lines. What really troubled me was his statement, ‘It still carries the power to energize your prayer life’. What power is he talking about? I don’t recall Jesus telling His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until the new prayer shawls were available and then they would have supernatural power to pray. Where does this energy come from? Is it mysteriously woven into the fabric by machines that are lubricated by anointing oil rather than the common garden variety? Perhaps they are made from the recycled garments of the high priest and therefore contain some special, sanctified ingredient known only to a chosen few.

What bothered me the most is that this man should know better. Not only should he stop lying but also stop deceiving his gullible followers into believing that what he says is true. Let’s face it, if a prayer cloth could really energize your prayer life wouldn’t the Bible say so? When the disciples of Jesus came to Him saying, ‘teach us to pray’, Why didn’t Jesus recommend prayer shawls for all twelve? Why didn’t He tell them, this will really energize your prayer life.

It was A. W. Tozer who stated, ‘You never need to add a plus sign to the Cross.’ It’s not the Cross, plus my good works that earns my salvation. Such a teaching would be blasphemous, implying that the atoning death of Christ was not sufficient without MY help. Likewise when it comes to the matter of prayer, Jesus did not say ‘whatever you ask in my name you shall receive providing you are wearing a prayer shawl.’ Praying in His name does not require the additional correct attire. It really doesn’t matter if you are stark naked or dressed in some type of papal vesture. The veil has been forever torn and you and I have access by grace through faith. Wearing a prayer shawl may keep you warm, it may even make you look spiritual in the eyes of some people, but it will do absolutely nothing to energize or empower your prayer life. Zilch!

Buy one if you like, or go the extra mile and buy the fancy embroidered carrying case with the ministries’ initials monogrammed on it.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2015 1:53 pm

    Its difficult sometimes to speak up when someone who has generally spoken truth starts down these roads. Its especially hard when we know these peope personally.

  2. February 15, 2015 9:43 pm


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