–verb (used with object)
|1.||to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others: to covet another's property.|
|2.||to wish for, esp. eagerly: He won the prize they all coveted.|
|3.||to have an inordinate or wrongful desire.|
1175–1225; ME coveiten < AF coveiter, OF coveit(i)er < VL *cupidiētāre, v. deriv. of *cupidiētās, for L cupititās cupidity
"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you
shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female
servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your
Exodus 20:17 (NASB)
I was thinking about speaking with people or getting prayer requests in which the person asking for intercession states that they covet our prayers. That language always troubled me a bit in the context of the Decalogue. Looking at the dictionary definition #2 above doesn't sound terrible, but still it has you eagerly wanting what others covet.
So my question is whether I am being overly sensitive to the nuances of language, am I misinterpreting Scripture to apply it to a covetous desire for prayer or does this trouble anyone else in the least?