“Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered, …” (Psalms 35:13)
Misdirected prayers. Some people turn the blessing at mealtime into a public airing of their frustrations. Others bounce their prayers off of God, hoping to hit the person across the table — the one they’re trying to win to Christ. Don’t do that. God gets enough bad press without you adding to it! Jesus said, “When you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production” (Matthew 6:5).
Judgmental prayers. Or calling upon God to destroy democrats or a republicans or some other such nonsense. God is non-partisan. He is The King and we are His subjects. The Bible says, “We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy” (Daniel 9:18).
Quorum-based prayers. You think there’s a better chance of getting your prayers answered if you involve a lot of people, like having a quorum at a business meeting. With God, what matters is the faith with which you pray, not the number of people. Jesus said, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).
Now, when you face a situation that’s too big to handle alone, it’s wise to reach for someone who really knows God and can pray in agreement with you. “If two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19). Which raises the question: do you have prayer partners you can call on? Are you a prayer partner for someone else?
Heavenly Father, thank You that I am able to talk with You, trusting Your Wisdom and Direction. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.