“Pray for me.”
Most people never deny a prayer request. However, should we always pray as people ask?
The couple asked me to pray for two things:
1). That their credit would get them approved for a new car.
2). That the husband would be delivered from diabetes.
Did I believe they needed a car? Yup!
Did I pray for one with them. Nope.
Did I believe God could heal diabetes? Yup!
Did I pray for healing with them? Nope.
N) Neither of them had steady income for several years. As a result their bills had gone unpaid and their credit was in dire need of repair.
O) The diabetic husband would go to the bakery across the street every Sunday before and after church and buy the largest slice of banana pudding available, along with a Pepsi to wash it down despite being hospitalized several times for “sugar” and high blood pressure.
I prayed for stewardship, discernment and provision. I asked God to meet their needs and to provide them with resources and steady income. I asked him to reveal to the husband areas he needed to work on in regards to his health and the ability to change the eating habits that could mean a death sentence to him.
I won’t waste a good prayer on a wrong reason.
Prayer isn’t hocus pocus magic. Our conversations with God should be laced with common sense as well as regard for the principles he has given us.
Be careful when a prayer request is designed to remove the results of reaping and intended to manipulate or alter God’s Word. Pray for the heart to be changed so the same harvest of bad crop is not continuing in a person’s life.
And when you ask for prayer: Don’t shoot the messenger. If you entrust someone with going to the throne on your behalf, trust that God will lead them how to pray. Otherwise, you may fall prey to carnal requests.
And that’s neither God nor good.
Now, how may I pray for you today?