Stupid Prayers

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Have you ever prayed something and later wondered if you'd prayed the wrong thing?

Perhaps the results weren't what you expected.

Does that mean God answered a bad prayer? 

Prayer is too marvelous and mysterious for us to completely understand. But my Scripture study reveals only one reason God might* answer stupid requests: when the request is selfish and unbelieving:

1. God gave quail to ungrateful, rebellious, complainers (Numbers 11).

2. God gave a king to rebellious, worldly-minded people (1 Samuel 8).

Both requests were stupid and unbelieving and God answered them to punish rebellion.

The good news is this: God looks on our hearts and never punishes us by answering a stupid prayer if our motives are good. So we need not fear we'll pray the wrong thing. We can pray confidently and passionately, holding nothing back from our all-knowing God.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." 1 John 5:14 
* God MIGHT answer a rebellious request, but not always  (see James 4:2-3

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  1. {Kathy} Ummmm. Yes, I have been guilty of stupid prayers. But I always remember that God wants us to come to him as children. A child's prayers are not always the most lofty and eloquent.

    1. Yes, Kathy, we have all been guilty of stupid prayers. So glad that God knows our hearts.

  2. Thanks for this, Gail. As you know, this is a rough point in my spiritual journey. It helped when you said that God looks at the motives in our heart. Very, very helpful. How do you always know what to say so succinctly? You have a gift and are certainly using it to God's glory.

    1. I'm so glad it helped, Gail, and I appreciated knowing your thoughts as I wrote this devotion. Thanks also for your kind encouragement.
      : )


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