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Things I Don't Pray For (and You Shouldn't Either)

Updated on July 1, 2020
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

Most people know that praying is communicating with God. The Bible commands us to pray without ceasing, according to 2 Thessalonians 5:17. Even so, there are some things we shouldn't pray for or pray about.

There is no need to pray for what God has already done for us and has already given us. Instead of requesting those things, we should thank God for them which is also a type of prayer, but it is not a prayer of request or begging God to do what He has already done. There are times when God wants people to stop asking Him for things and start doing something with the things He has already blessed them with.

Let's discuss things we do not need to not pray about or pray to have.

No Need To Pray About Everything

When your boss instructs you to do something, there is absolutely no need to stand before him and pray before moving. If you see your toddler running into the street with speeding cars, it would be awful to let him do it while you are standing there praying about it instead of running as fast as you can to catch him.

Those are strange examples, but they are included to let you know that there are times when you should not delay doing something while saying, "Let me pray about it" before acting.

No Need to Pray Against An Established Fact

A sixth grader took a history test about capitals of the states in the United States. That night when he said his prayers before going to bed, he requested that God would let Baltimore be the capital of Maryland because that is what he put on his test.

When the teacher returned his test paper the next day, the boy saw his answer was wrong because the correct answer should have been Annapolis. He should not conclude that God doesn't answer prayers because God did not make his answer correct on his test paper.

No Need to Pray Against God's Natural Laws

God will not change His natural laws just because you request Him to do so. For instance, there is no need to pray that if you jump up into the air, you won't come down. God is not going to change the law of gravity just because you requested it to impress your friends.

People have often prayed for rain to come and for the rain to go away even though Isaiah 55:10 tells us that God allows the rain and snow to come down to the earth. God will not hold back the rain just because you are going on a picnic or to the beach.

No Need to Pray About Prophecies in the Bible

There are many prophecies in the Bible. Some have been fulfilled and some are yet to take place, according to God's plan.

There is no need to pray against what God spoke to the prophets no matter how much you attach "If it is God's will" at the end of your prayer.

No Need to Pray Against God's Word

There is absolutely no need to pray for God to go against His word to answer your prayer. It is useless to pray for God to do what He said He WON'T do. There is no need to pray for God to refrain from doing what He said He WILL do.

According to Isaiah 55:11, God's word will not return to Him void. God said, "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."

No Need to Pray About God's Commands

There is no need to pray about the commands God has already made. No matter how strongly you feel about killing, stealing, and lying, there is no need to pray that God will revise the Ten Commandment, the Great Commission, or the Beatitudes just because we are now living thousands of years after they were established.

Instead of trying to get God to update His commandments, people should try their best to obey them.

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No Need to Pray for What Has Already Done

A child might ask his father for money to buy a popsicle from the ice cream truck when he hears the sound of the bell. After the father gives the child the money he requested, there is no need for the child to stand there begging for the money while it is already in his hand. Unless he goes to the ice cream truck and buys what he has money for, the truck is going to pull away without him getting anything.

Throughout the Book of Exodus, God reminded the Hebrews that He had already given them the promised land. It would have been a wasted prayer for them to keep asking God to give them the land flowing with milk and honey when they already had it.

After God gives you something, He wants you to do something with it. All the Israelites had to do was to go in and possess the land. All the little boy had to do was to thank his father and go to the ice cream truck before it pulled away.

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Don't Pray for Your Mountain to Move

You will not get your mountain to move by praying that it will move on its own. Instead, you should speak to your mountain, according to Mark 11:23. Jesus said, "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."

There are some things to pray about, but you don't have to pray that your mountain will move into the sea. Speak to the mountain with authority instead of praying for it to move.

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      20 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Cheryl, I have discovered through our articles that we are on the same page about a lot of things. Sometimes when I read your articles, I have to look at the top of the page to see if it was my article or yours.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile image

      Cheryl E Preston 

      20 months ago from Roanoke

      Margaret it seems we are on the same page. I was pondering Charles Dickens and how A Christmas Carol is a legacy. I want that too

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      20 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Cheryl, I want to leave my writing behind as my legacy. I try to please God by writing what He gives me through revelations. I notice that you do the same thing. May God continue to bless us to continue doing what we do.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      20 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Yes, indeed, Shanmarie. The Bible tells us to SPEAK to the mountain; not to plead with it or question it about its movability, according to Mark 11:23.

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      Shannon Henry 

      20 months ago from Texas

      Very interesting and thought-provoking. Especially the one about the moving mountains.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile image

      Cheryl E Preston 

      20 months ago from Roanoke

      You are so on it Margaret. I love how the Holy Spirit uses you.

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