I have nothing against altar calls. Countless people began their walks with God by responding to an altar call to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. Many have also received healing and breakthrough the same way. However, I must confess that I have sometimes felt a little embarrassed by some altar calls...

One time, I was at an annual Christian conference with over a thousand people in attendance. At some point during ministration, the preacher said: “If you are single and trusting God for a spouse raise your hand.” Several hands shot up around me. (I thought to myself “Gurl, you’ve got company!” 😊) I was still debating about raising mine, when he added “Now, come forward and kneel down for prayers.” 

Yoooooo! Okay, I am as single as a Pope, but I was like: “Dear Lord Jesus, you know my relationship status and you are Omnipresent. Please, visit me right here where I am seated.” (Feel free to cast the first stone 😊)  

Tag, you’re it! If you were at that Conference, which of the below biblical characters illustrates how you would have responded? 

  1. Blind Bartimaeus: (Goes forward, kneels down, raises hands and shouts) “Jesus!!! Son of David, have mercy on me!!! OR “‘Man of God,’ please pray for me!!!”
  2. The man at the pool of Bethesda: “Let me tell you the complete story, many preachers have already prayed for me, yet nothing has changed.” 
  3. The persistent widow: “I know I went forward for prayers yesterday and the day before, but I won’t stop until the preacher lays hand on me in prayers.”
  4. Nicodemus: “I’d just plan to meet the preacher privately for a one-on-one prayer session.”
  5. Woman with the issue of blood: Presses through the crowd with great determination … “I must reach out in faith.” 
  6. The demon possessed man: Automatically falls down, twisting and shrieking. 
  7. Hannah: Silently weeps and prays to God in deep agony. 😭🙏🏾
  8. Peter: Conceals ring finger and wears an attitude that translates to: “Do I look single to you?” 
  9. The Pharisees and Sadducees: (Watches others snobbishly) : “Hmm, there goes Miss Glorious! Always responding to every altar call! When will she retire? God please give her a husband already, for peace sake!”;   “Seriously? Is he anointed enough to pray for singles?”
  10. Thomas: “Unless I attend the wedding of someone he’s prayed for, there’s no way I’m raising a hand or going forward.”

Is there a unique way to respond to an altar call? No. Do you, unapologetically. But, respond as unto God, not man. Do not feel pressured, manipulated, or ashamed. Exercise your faith in your unique way. Everything that does not come from faith is sin. (Romans 14:23b) “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

God bless you,
The Christian Bachelorette

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18 thoughts on “Singles’ Altar Call?

  1. I think i would start off with Hannah and if things persist then I go at night like uncle Nic to say that things concern me too! 😅😅😅
    Thanks for always being this inspired.
    I begin to wonder if you’re truly a single. If you are, then maybe God might just be pushing you towards being a gift blessing to the singles 🤔🤔🤔This is just a thought, not a revelation

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  2. I thought such conversations about alter calls went on only in my head. I believe we should try as much as we can to respond to alter calls by faith and not by any pressure of any sort. Thanks for the article, it was a nice read.

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  3. I personally I always cry to God in my chamber like mummy Hannah, and if the situation persists I meet the man of God privately since am to shy of what people will say . But I think when the pastor give such call is good to respond radically not being ashamed of what people will say or think because the spirit of the lord is there at moment to accomplish his word and the heart desires of everyone . I remember when I was still in secondary school at the end of the lesson the teacher will ask questions concerning the topics she taught , if you reply correctly you have + 1 . I was a stammering and each time I always wanted to reply at the question but I couldn’t because my friends will laugh at me, I was not courageous enough and that’s how I lose my marks just because of what people will say about me, and I couldn’t meet the teacher privately to reply the questions she ask 😅😅. When the class is over Free marks for the day is equally over. To conclude responding radical is the best option you don’t know maybe at the end of message the pastor can be no more (dead) for private prayer ,or he will preach on the topic in the next one year or never May God help me/us to respond directly 😍

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  4. Wow!!
    I must confess when I was shared this link, i did not have any high expectations as regards the content. I imagined it would be some long Bible history on singleness etc.☹️
    When i read the first paragraph i was immediately blow away 🤩by how real and life the expressions are!
    It took me back to a particular incident: I have been challenged with sinusitis a awhile an this Sunday morning, after meditating on Ephesians 5:29-39
    “29For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones”.
    I affirmed that as a part of Christ body, sickness shouldn’t dwell in me and it would not survive because my body is Christs’ and declared I am the healed of God. I went to Church right after and the preacher after ministering gave an alter call for healing. I said to myself am I supposed to go out? Would it mean i didn’t believe what i confessed? Should i go out to add the preachers faith to mine? And I just stood there with the thought of “I am connected 😁 My father knows all” .
    This article is so rich and teaching thank you for I feel at home already.

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  5. Thank you for this very well-written article! I have never looked at people’s attitudes towards altar calls in the way you have presented it here. I do find myself among your characters but did not realize that not everyone would respond to an altar call like me. However, I also agree that we must be as sincere as possible! God bless!

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