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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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