At the end of each Sunday service all of us would rise with raised hands as our pastor prays for the congregation; and we would respond and rejoin with a heartfelt Amen. Practically always, it would be the Aaronic blessing in Numbers 6, which we echo and relish.
Last Sunday, it was similar and more – with an added prayer midway in the service. Pastor was explaining that indeed 3 John 2 is a wish and a prayer, a verse much extolled by WOF proponents, and went on to pray forcefully for the members, drawing a loud resounding and resonant “amen”, seemingly agreeing and appropriating for prosperity in our lives.
Indeed many would desire and delight in this blessing. Thousands likewise throng the Chinese temple in Waterloo Street and seek for similar blessings for themselves and loved ones. Apparently some churches are no different.
But what is the real meaning and context of 3 John 2?
And with so many other prayers in the New Testament, why pronounce 3 John 2 over the members when it was specifically addressed to Gaius with particular needs.
So hopefully this may be the beginning of a trend where our pastor / pulpit would pray for us using the prayer patterns in the New Testament, as in Ephesians; or in Colossians 1:9-12, where these prayers are more pertinent, relevant, and not just for the prosperity which might be a distortion of the scriptural intent and a distraction and deception by the evil one.
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that
you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that
you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
to please Him in all respects,
bearing fruit in every good work
and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might,
for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience;
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
Posting edited on 22nd June.
Sigh …… My pastor preached on Prosperity for another 3 Sundays! Is this really a major theme and legacy for believers?