Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
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 first." 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 don't need to be prayed about.
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 stand there praying that the child doesn't get hit by a car.
A fifth-grader took a test on the capitals of the states in the United States. He had studied but couldn't remember the capital of New York. He wrote Syracuse. That night during his bedtime prayer, he prayed that God would let Syracuse be the capital. When he found out it was Albany, he couldn't understand why God didn't answer his prayer.
No Need To Pray Against God's Natural Laws and Prophecies
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 you attach "If it is God's will" at the end of the prayer. God will not break His own law to make sure you get what we want.
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.
"Wasted Prayer" by Greg Darley
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."
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 05, 2018:
Rodric, I like your style of writing. Even your comments are truthful and anointed. Blessings to you!
Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on October 05, 2018:
I found you because you commented on my article. Your words sent an alarm to me because of its title. In my faith, there is a scripture that teaches the following:
8 And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.
9 But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.
2 Nephi 32: 8-9 The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
I read your article and now understand that you are teaching the truth. I do not need to pray to know if gravity is a true law, because I experience it daily and I know it is. I do not need to pray to know things that are evident in themselves.
I know this article is for people already familiar with Christ's teachings, I assume anyway. I have taught many people who were not followers of Christ or even of a Christian background who needed to find out if God was real and if the commands taught in the scriptures were truly valid today. It is surprising what people think. One woman told me that God did not require the law of chastity in modern times. She had to pray on it for real!
I did need to pray to know if God was real for the first time. Periodically I pray for God to remind me of His love. I enjoyed this article. Thank you for being bold enough to write it. God bless you.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on September 14, 2017:
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.
Kevin on September 14, 2017: