Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Most Christians know they should pray and wait for God to answer their prayers. First Thessalonians 5:17 says, "Pray without ceasing." People think they should pray about everything because God will hear and will eventually respond one way or the other.
What people might not realize is that they might not be ready for the answers to some prayers. Those are considered dangerous prayers because the answers will affect them in every area of their lives. So, a word of caution is to be careful when you pray the six types of prayers listed below. You better mean what you ask for when you pray them.
- The Break Me Prayer
- The Lead Me Prayer
- The Send Me Prayer
- The Stretch Me Prayer
- The Test Me Prayer
- The Use Me Prayer
1. The Break Me Prayer
In order for any Christian to grow, he needs to be broken. However, it is dangerous to pray a "Break Me" prayer if you don't mean it. When a person prays a "Break Me" prayer it is because he wants to be broken of the things he depends on so he can focus on God. In other words, he wants to be broken of self-dependence. He is asking to be broken of fleshly things so he can concentrate on the things of the spirit.
When God answers a "Break Me" prayer, it won't be comfortable at first because He will break up the fallow ground in every area of your life to prepare you to receive what He has in store for you.
Once the breaking period is over, God will be able to make changes in your life so you can ultimately be made whole in your broken places.
2. The Lead Me Prayer
King David cried out, "Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies..." (Psalm 5:8). In other words, David didn't want to do anything on his own without the help of God. In another place, David cried out, "Lead me in thy truth" (Psalms 25:5).
According to those two psalms, David prayed to be led in two areas:
- "Lead me in thy righteousness."
- "Lead me in thy truth."
When you pray the "Lead Me" prayer, you are asking God to be with you in everything you do and lead you in righteousness even with your enemies. If you don't want that to happen, perhaps it is better not to pray to be led.
3. The Send Me Prayer
When God answers your "Send Me" prayer, He might take you to places where you never expected to go. He might put you in the company of people who will make you feel uncomfortable. Make sure when you pray a "Send Me" prayer, that you are willing to go wherever God chooses to send you.
There will be times when it seems like God is playing a joke on you by sending you in the wrong direction. Trust His decision instead of going in the wrong direction like Jonah. Wherever God sends you might not be your final destination. Instead, it might be a pit stop along the way to the place He wants you to be to fulfill your destiny.
God will send you where you are needed the most for the people there and for you to grow while being there like Moses grew to work with sheep on the backside of the mountain that helped him deal with the millions of people he delivered out of Egypt.
When you pray the "Send Me" prayer, be like Isaiah who said boldly, "Here am I! Send me!"
4. The Stretch Me Prayer
When you pray the "Stretch Me" prayer, don't be surprised with the answer you receive. You will become like a rubber band in the hands of God. You will grow beyond where you are to where God wants you to be. You will be stretched far beyond where you ever imagined.
Make sure when you ask God to stretch you, you are willing to go through the entire stretching process. If you really want to grow further than where you are in God, a "Stretch Me" prayer will change you.
5. The Test Me Prayer
A "Test Me" prayer could be dangerous on many levels if you are not prepared for what God might have in store for you. God will put you in situations where your spirituality will be tested. He will send you to places where you will need to prove your worth because that was what you prayed for.
God tested Abraham when he was ordered to take his son to be sacrificed on Mt. Moriah. Would you have passed that test as Abraham did? God tested David by putting him in the presence of Saul who had set out to kill him. However, instead of David harming Saul. He was able to pass the test and walk away.
Job declared, "When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold" (Job 22:10). Can you say the same thing? If not, then perhaps you should not pray the "Test Me" prayer.
6. The Use Me Prayer
Many people have been overheard saying they want God to use them. Then when they get opportunities to work in the kingdom, they find excuses not to do so. That's because their prayer for God to use them was lip service only.
If you pray a "Use Me" prayer, you better be serious about it. It is dangerous to pray for God to use you if you don't follow through when He gives you an assignment. It is dangerous to delay what God has told you to do because delayed obedience is disobedience. It is dangerous to do only part of what God wants you to do. Partial obedience is still disobedience.
When you pray a "Use Me" prayer, it is understood that you are telling God you are available and ready to work in His kingdom. Therefore, mean it when you pray for God to use you.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on March 01, 2020:
This is so Holy Ghost inspired. Thank you.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 14, 2018:
Thanks for reading and commenting. I usually delete your comments because most of them are rather harsh. This one I am leaving up because you expressed your opinion without attacking me and my beliefs or calling me names.
charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on January 14, 2018:
they are not dangerous prayers for true disciples of Christ. yes they may be for church members that are not completely sold out to God through Christ but for those that want to be all and only what God desires them to be they are sometimes necessary. God is not a carnal man, He KNOWS what each needs and will not answer a sincere prayer with anything but what HE KNOWS is necessary.
I once many many years ago asked God to make me dumb because my intellect kept getting in my way. His answer was "son do you really want to be dumb or would you rather learn how to put your intellect under control of MY Spirit".
Of course was God help me yes that is what I would prefer and that is what He did taught me to control it.. God always has a better way than any carnal man.