Welcome to Prophetic Thursday here at the blog. Yes–IT”S BACK! You remember Prophetic Thursday, right? It’s where I peer down the pike and try to give you a heads up on what to expect within Christianity in the near and not so near future. To see the last 2 posts in this series click Here and Here.
Unusual Prayer Endings
Pastor Joe Nelms of Family Baptist Church in Lebanon, TN became a household name in some parts of the country thanks to his pre-race prayer before the start of the Nationwide NASCAR race in Nashville a few weeks ago. If by some miracle you missed this spectacle, here it is:
I believe that the part of his prayer that stands out is that way that he ended it with “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity, Amen!” Others have picked up on this, too. And I’ve got bad news…
We should prepare for copycats. Surely there are others out there wanting to spice up their public prayers with unusual endings.
Here are a few prayer endings that we can expect to hear very soon:
1. Holla at ya boy, Amen! This incorporates a phrase I never intend to use. In fact, I publicly give permission to anyone who ever hears me use that phrase to beat me like a rented mule. Granted, I’ve never seen anyone beat a rented mule and I have no idea if you can even rent them anymore. But I would imagine that you would beat one pretty mercilessly. Poor mules.
2. Meka Leka Hi, Meka Hiney Ho, Amen! Remember Jambi from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse? Remember how those were his special magic words? Remember Chairry? Remember Cowboy Curtis as played by Laurence Fishburne? Remember how those childhood memories were ruined by Pee-Wee’s bad choices? Now I feel like Debbie Downer. Waa-Waaaaaaa.
3. May the Force be with us, Amen! Comic-Con may not have an opening prayer, but they should. Nerds need Jesus, too.
4. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose, Amen! I never watched Friday Night Lights, the TV show that featured this phrase. But a lot of folks did. And one of them will one day say the pre-game prayer before a high school football game. I don’t make many guarantees, but this one will definitely be used.
5. Let me be clear, Amen! I don’t listen to President Obama every time he speaks. But let me be clear–he says let me be clear a lot. I wonder if he says it even when he isn’t in front of cameras. “Michelle, let me be clear–I prefer the 2-ply toilet paper.”
Let me be clear–I don’t expect to ever use any of these. While I enjoy laughing and joking and being silly at times, I consider prayer to be sacred. It is us talking to God, the Creator and Sustainer of all that is seen and all that is unseen. I believe that He deserves respect and reverence.
But some of these will one day be used. And when they are remember that you heard it here first.
What other unusual prayer endings will we one day hear?
What do you think of the much talked about NASCAR prayer?