Praying With Strangers on the Phone

I just got off the phone with a representative from a well known youth event/evangelism/promotions organization. I have to disclose that I’m predisposed to simply flush when the hype seems to be getting too high, and I get that vibe a lot with this particular organization. I’m also, as a full fledged member of the human species with a fully developed frontal cortex, predisposed to say no to sales calls. Consequently, I was probably looking for the exit sign very early in this conversation. The easy out presented itself when I learned that the end of his spiel concludes with an invitation to bring my students to an event whose date conflicts with another event to which we’re already committed.

At the end of the phone call, he asked, “Is there anything I could pray for you about?” I’m not sure I can articulate exactly why, but this felt really strange. Does this seem awkward to anyone else? Am I an unspiritual jerk because I didn’t really want to tell him anything to pray? Anybody else experienced a ‘sales’ type call that ended in prayer when you actually did want to share requests and pray with a stranger on the phone?

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