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Some Things You Don't Need to Pray About

Updated on April 13, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks writes for HubPages and Blasting News. She loves sharing interesting information with people all over the world.

There are some things we don't need to pray about.
There are some things we don't need to pray about.

No Need To Pray About Everything

Praying is communicating with God. So, don't be misled and think this article is encouraging people not to pray for things. Instead, it is to remind people that some things God has already given us and done for us that we don't need to pray about because we already have those things. There are times when God wants people to stop praying and start doing.

You might have been around people who when you ask them to do something they always say, "Let me pray about it"? There are books written about prayers telling us how to pray, when to pray, where to pray, what to pray for, etc. However, you will not find too many people willing to say, "There are just some things we don't need to pray about."

It is a time waster to reply to every order from your boss by saying, "Let me pray about it." While you are praying about it, someone else will have your job and then you will really have something to pray about. Some things go along with the territory and are already a result of an answered prayer.

Examples of Things Not To Pray About

If the brakes on your car are failing, what's to pray about? Either get them fixed or get a new car. If it's raining outside, you don't need to pray about carrying an umbrella. If you see your neighbor's four-year-old running into traffic, you don't need to pray about helping the child.

Read the example below about the student who took a test and prayed that God would make his wrong answer the correct one.

A fifth grader took a test on capitals of the states in the United States. He had studied but couldn't remember the capital of New York. He wrote Syracuse. Afterward, he prayed that God would let his answer be right. When he found out it was Albany, he couldn't understand why God didn't answer his prayer.

No Need To Pray Concerning God's Nature Laws

We don't need to pray about God's natural laws. For instance, there is no need to pray that if you jump up, you won't come down. Pray about something else, but don't pray against the law of gravity because what goes up will come down.

We don't need to pray about prophecies in the Bible that are a part of God's plan that must take place. And there is no need to pray for something that goes against God's law no matter how much we attach "If it is God's will" at the end of the prayer. God will not go against His word to answer our prayer. God will not break His own law to make sure we get what we want.

We don't have to pray about everything.
We don't have to pray about everything. | Source

There is no need to pray for what God said He WON'T do.

And there is no need to pray for what God said He WILL do.

No Need To Pray About God's Commands

There is no need for people to pray about commands God has made. Instead, people should obey them rather than trying to get God to retract or revise them.

Greg Darley, Director of College Mobilization for International Justice Mission, wrote a book called "Wasted Prayer." He states that prayer is not just a transaction. It's a relationship that results in obedience. He also thinks it's a waste to continue to pray for God to do what He promised He would do anyway.

Darley contends that people like praying about something because it keeps them from doing what they are praying about. He firmly believes that prayer can be disobedience in disguise because some people dodge their responsibility by praying for something instead of getting up off their knees and participating in their own blessings.

No Need To Pray For What God Has Already Given You

During the exodus from Egypt, God reminded the Hebrews that He had already given them the promised land. However, they were commanded to go in and possess it. Therefore, it would have been a wasted prayer for them to ask God over and over again to give them the promised land.

It is like asking your earthly father for $5 and you continue to ask him for it after he has placed it in your hand.

No Need to Pray For What God Said He Won't Do or What He Will Do

There is no need to pray for what God said He WON'T do.

And there is no need to pray for what God said He WILL do.

When you search the scriptures, you will find that as believers we have permission and discernment to do some things without always having to say, "Let me pray about it first."

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      Margaret Minnicks 8 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thank you, Kevin, for sharing that. I listened to the 16-minute prayer. Hopefully, others will click on the link and listen to it as well.

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      Kevin 8 months ago

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