When we cannot believe the things we hear in prayer we encourage foolishness when we say amen. God will only answer the requests that match His will anyway. Even when no one else agrees God gives, on request, good gifts. I am personally cautious about being an amen-for-amen’s-sake kind of guy.
Junky prayers show up when we ignore God’s will
- We ask for a touch on someone’s “everything”, head to toe
- We ask for God to heal a person’s everything
- Then we ask God to remove every “stumblingblock”
Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!Matthew 18:7
Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!Luke 17:1
No amen when prayer turns to junk
People who pray in public often show off their private practices, the theological concern of the moment, and a confusing mix of insults to a caring God and a desire dressed up like faith. Asking for a miraculous and instantaneous loss of weight may sound like a great faith venture but may also be as unlikely as a wanting to swallow a camel. We can never pray away things Christ says MUST happen, such as affliction, adversity, or stumbling blocks. Perhaps people make poor word choices when they are praying, instead of getting their words from the Holy Spirit. Offences or stumbling blocks are necessary from God’s perspective.