It’s recently come to my attention that the Gary & Cindy Hogan e-mail has been making the rounds again. While initially a prayer request for a Cindy Hogman who really does exist, she now seems to be in remission. More can be found on her here
While it’s always a blessing to pray for others in need, outdated or misinformation-riddled prayer requests can make people skeptical of e-mailed prayer requests in general and disregard them. While I pray for all those in need, I do restrict prayer requests that I publicly post or distribute to those where I’ve received the request from the person in need of prayer or someone who knows them. This also eliminates misunderstandings that can occur when the person the e-mail is sent by never had anything to do with the request in question.