Church Member With Clean Bill of Health Must Wait Until End-of-Year Business Meeting to Be Removed From Prayer List
Omaha, NE - Ralph James was first put on the prayer list of his local church, Grace Bible Assembly, back in March when he had a doctor's appointment relates to high blood pressure. His name was brought up in a Wednesday night prayer meeting and was then given to the secretary to be included in future prayer lists.
Now, three months later, Ralph has a clean bill of health from his doctor and hasn't had an episode of elevated blood pressure for over 12 weeks. But his name is still on the list.
"A couple weeks after my last doctor's visit in March I found out my name was still on the Wednesday night prayer sheet," Ralph told us. "So I called to tell them I was good and they could remove it, but the secretary told me that decision had to be made by a member of the pastoral staff. I told the pastor Sunday and he referred me to the Prayer Committee, and said it was their purview."
But the prayer committee has been short-handed since one member left the church and another passed away. They sent Ralph to the Enlistment Committee who then pointed him to the Committee on Committees. But, after further review, neither committee felt like they their description in the church by-laws allowed them to removes names from the prayer list.
In the end, the matter was sent to the Church Council who determined the matter would be brought up during the "Special Business" portion of the year-end business meeting. But until then, Ralph's name will remain on the prayer list.