Bob Thiel has posted a letter by Lynn Torrance from the Good News of 1961 about prayer. Thiel, like all COG splinter group leaders is not capable of coming up with anything original so he has to fall back on old COG literature.
In the article it says:
I don't see anywhere in the Bible that ones "conversion" is measured by how much they prayer for the Chief Overseer or Pastor General or for some brain dead COG "work."
Prayer has to become heartfelt — full of thanksgiving, praise and joy. It should be a spontaneous and natural talking to God. The more you pray, the more you will understand how to pray.God KNOWS that many of you faithful brethren are praying. He also KNOWS that others have not prayed as they should.God’s ministers have said, “YOU ARE CONVERTED TO THE DEGREE THAT YOU PRAY FOR GOD’S WORK!”If you have been PUTTING OFF prayer until tomorrow DO something now. Force yourself to begin to study and pray. Don’t put off your own salvation!
Some of the best prayers a person can pray is HELP, WHY, THANKS. One word. Nothing more.
No blithering on for 10 minutes about the health and well being of the apostle or Pastor General.
No long prayers for new auditoriums, magazines, Hall of Administrations, bean patches or how to better keep the law. No prayers or fasting for more income.
No prayers that the leaders of your competition Churches of God will die in two months. No prayers that those people will come to you with all their money.