This is the thought that has crossed my mind more than once. There is the reason behind the question, just bear with me.
Say a family member is sick, or going through something difficult, anything along those lines. You are praying for them. But you also go through either a prayer line or post on social media for a special prayer request, even as a unspoken request with no names mentioned. Most of the time, people will respond with “praying” or something like that. Which is wonderful, as praying is a special gift that all people can do, no matter their religion or beliefs, which is what most of us are taught. From this comes my question.
I am a Torah Keeper. I don’t have an exact name, like Baptist, Catholic, Hebrew Roots, Mormon, etc. I follow Torah and keep the Sabbath, trying to live as close to Yeshua HaMashiach as I can. There is no religious name or title I am comfortable identifying with, as I do not agree with all of their beliefs, especially about the law and commandments. Do I condemn them? No, because as Philippians 2:23 says…”work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. It is not for me to say I am right and someone else is wrong. If you are convicted your beliefs match YHWH’s word and the Bible, who am I to disagree? I can only live my life in the way I feel is the way YHWH leads me, with the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) as my guide, and my life as my witness. But I have gotten side-tracked. Back to the question.
I have asked for prayer requests many times for myself or others who are in need. But if I do not have the same beliefs as the ones I request prayer from, does this matter? If I even think a little that their beliefs are not on the correct track, that their Messiah is different from mine, that they are praying to idols, or anything along these lines, should I be asking for their prayers? Does it matter? Are all prayers equal?
This is a serious question.