Posted 26 June 2005 - 03:59 PM
In my senior year of high school, I was counseled by my pastor for about a month.A few years back (just so you know that I can relate), my mother was praying against the music I was working on, because it was not of God. The music did fail, probably not because she was praying against it, but I became a Christian.I'm not gonna preach to you. I despise people that are bible thumpers, but I'm just going to share a little bit with what my pastor was counseling on. I'm not Catholic mind you, so I don't know exactly if Catholicism condones this.But anyway, I was having a rough time in school, mostly because some of my peers were constantly harrassing me. It had been that way since about second grade, and old habits die hard. Well, I always got pissed at these guys. I would find myself verbally retaliating, and when I would go home each day, I would pray for God's wrath on them.Well, I was talking to my pastor about this. And here's what he said:"Don't pray for that. Pray that God blesses them. And don't just say that, MEAN that."I gave him a puzzled look."See, it's easy for you to pray down wrath on your enemies. It's human nature. But Jesus says, "I say unto, Love your enemies." Even he prayed to God on the cross to please forgive the people who did this to him. It did not mention him saying under his breath, 'But I know you're going to smite them in the end, Father.' So pray for blessings on them, and they will get them, and eventually, things will get better."I know this isn't parallel to what's going on. However, I think this fits. One, the lady who actually told you she was praying against your poker career is not exactly on the fast track to winning you to Jesus, is she? I'm sure that type of thing pushes you farther away. And if what you're doing is not of God in her book, then that would, in essence (even if she's your friend), would make you her enemy, am I right? So what SHOULD she be doing? Pouring down love on you.What she is doing is not lining up with the word of God. Do not worry about that. If she wants to pray that way, let her pray. She could pray the rosary and hail mary 100 times over, but I do not believe that God will grant her prayer on this one based on the ill will behind it.Just look at Daniel, a solid example of a Christian in the game, for a little bit of an example. I know there's some God-fearing players (If I'm right, Hoyt Corkins is one) in the game, and I'm sure they would be able to give you advice on this one.But that's my take on this. Don't expect her to change her views on poker, but don't let the fact that she's praying against you phase you.