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Monday, July 7, 2014

Does God Answer 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

 Bible Study


1. What are the conditions for answered prayer according to these passages?

1 John 3:21-22: Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

1 John 5:14-15: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 

2. What can we learn about prayer from these warnings?

James 4:2-3: You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 

1 Peter 4:7: The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 

Copyright, Gail Burton Purath, 2014, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

For further study on this subject and insights for this study, see "Key to Answered Prayer."

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