The 8 Most Dangerous Christian Prayers

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The 8 Most Dangerous Christian Prayers

There are certain prayers as Christians that we should be careful of praying. Not saying we shouldn’t pray these prayers for we should. What we are saying is be aware of what you’re praying for and be ready for the outcome…

1. Teach me humility.

After you pray this Christian prayer for humility, be ready for people to badmouth you, slander you, and drag your name through the mud. If you pray for humility, be ready for false accusations, for that “skeleton in the closet” to be revealed, or for people to belittle you and talk down to you as if you were inferior.

The only way to learn humility is to be placed in humbling situations, so if you pray for humility, be ready!

2. Teach me patience.

If you pray for patience, get ready to be surrounded by the most annoying people you have ever met. Get ready for your car to break down when you are late for an appointment. Get ready your children to go bonkers. Get ready for prayers to not get answered. Get ready for setbacks, roadblocks, and pitfalls.

Just like with all the other Christian prayers on this list, God teaches us patience by taking us through trying times.

3. Lead me wherever you want me to go.

One way this Christian prayer is often prayed is with the words, “Here I am, Lord, send me.”

Usually when we pray this Christian prayer, we think that God is going to send us into high profile ministry positions, places of honor and glory, and opportunities to be heard. This is why ministry leaders almost never “feel the leading of God” to go to smaller ministries and places of lesser significance. God always seems to “call” pastors and ministry professionals to bigger churches, richer ministries, and positions with greater power.

While I do not deny that God sometimes leads people in these directions, I think that more often than not, God wants to lead us downward, but we refuse to go. Of course, this does not mean that we will stay in the gutter if God leads us there. God may very well lift us up out of the gutter to a place of prominence, but when He does so, He gets the glory instead of us.

That’s why this is such a dangerous Christian prayer. We want to be used by God for great things in His kingdom, but God’s path to greatness usually does not mirror what we had in mind. God’s path to greatness usually leads to prison, death, and the gates of hell.

Also (and this fits with #1 above), when we pray this prayer, we will often be faced with a choice between two ministry positions, one that leads to honor, glory, and fame, and one that leads to obscurity and insignificance. Though the temptation is to choose glory and honor, such decisions may actually be a choice to follow Jesus downward into humility.

I once heard Francis Schaeffer say in an interview that if given the choice between two ministry positions, we should choose the one with less fame and glory.

4. Help me understand the plight of the poor.

This Christian prayer is like asking God to make you poor. Yikes! How can you understand the plight of the poor unless you become poor yourself?!

So do you like your nice house, your two cars, your steak dinners, and your Caribbean vacations? Don’t ask God to help you understand the plight of the poor.

5. Make me more like Jesus.

In one way or another, this has been a constant life prayer of mine. A couple years back, I realized that this prayer ruined my life.

I had my life all figure out, and it was all going according to my perfect plan. Then I started praying this prayer. Before long, all my hopes and dreams lay shattered around my feet. I often tried to pick up the pieces and glue everything back together, but God would come through with His baseball bat and smash it all to hell (almost literally… all of my plans and dreams deserved nothing more).

When you pray to be like Jesus, God will begin to break down, burn away, and slough off anything and everything in your life that does not look like Jesus. This sounds nice until you begin to experience it. The purification of our life may be with God’s refining fire, but it sill burns!

6. Give me more faith.

Christians like our beliefs in nice, neat packages. But life is not like that, and neither is life with God.

When Christians pray for God to give us more faith, we are likely to enter into some of the difficult and doubt-filled times of our lives. You will begin to question everything you have never known and everything you have ever believed. You may even begin to doubt God’s goodness and maybe even His existence.

This is not bad. Embrace the doubts. Understand that if what you believe it true, it can stand up against all questions. Truth does not fear a challenge. There is no other way for your faith to grow than for your faith to be tested.

7. Give me victory over sin and temptation.

Christian prayerHow do you think victory comes, except through ever-increasing cycles of temptation? Sure, God does not send the temptations, and He never allows us to be tempted with more than we can bear, but if we pray for God to give us victory over sin and temptation, this is the same thing as asking God to strengthen us so that we can stand up under greater and greater temptations!

So if you pray this Christian prayer, be ready for an onslaught of all the wiles of the devil.

8. Please help my annoying neighbor/coworker come to Christ.

This is a great Christian prayer. Except guess how God is going to help your annoying neighbor or coworker come to Christ? That’s right. He’s going to use you.

I once heard a story of a Bible study group who decided to make a prayer list of all the people they “disliked” the most, and then pray for these people every week as part of the Bible study. Over the course of the next ten years, all but one of the people on that list became believers, and almost all of them became Christians because the members of that Bible study showed grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness to these “annoying” people.

Have you prayed any of these prayers???

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CHRISTIANS WHO ARE HAUNTED BY THEIR PAST

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I can hardly drive past Fresno State without feelings of guilt and shame.

In our town, everyone goes to Fresno State football games. It’s just what you do. And I did. When I was attending college, I went to every game (well at least I went to every tailgate before the game – I can’t remember if we actually made it in to every game)

I was not a Christian in college. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in God, I just didn’t know Him. So I lived my life accordingly. I drank.I smoked. I partied. And other stuff. Stuff that I wish to God I could take back. Stuff I wish I could give back.

We had a lot of fun at those games, in those frat houses, on those streets. But now they all carry shame.

I can’t even drive by that stadium without my heart racing a bit and my mind filling with memories. One night, I was drunk and stupid (and I think barefoot?) and I jumped in the car with a guy named “Midnight”. No one knew his real name, just that he was the local drug dealer and he was “friends” with lots of people. I decided I didn’t want to walk back to the apartments and thought it would be funny if I just drove with him instead of staying with all of my friends. (Sorry Mom if you’re reading this – I know. I hate it too.) So I just jumped in his car, left my friends, and told them I’d meet them back at the house.

I trusted Midnight would drive me safely to my friend’s house!?!? Guess he turned out to be a good guy because, well, here I am. I don’t remember what exactly happened, but I think I made it back safely?

I KNOW THAT CHRIST HAS FORGIVEN ME, BUT SOMETIMES, I STRUGGLE TO BELIEVE IT.

I look back on my days in college and honestly can’t believe some of the stuff I’ve done. I should be dead. And I’m not exaggerating in the least. The amount of stupid choices I made, mixed with alcohol, lowered inhibitions, and incoherence . . . I can’t believe I’m alive. But you know what’s harder to believe?

I’m redeemed.

I’m forgiven.

I’m free.

There are days when my past comes back to haunt me. I know that Christ has forgiven me, but sometimes, I struggle to believe it. The enemy whispers those memories to me every time there is a football game. I haven’t stepped foot in that stadium in 7 years because of it. I still feel like that sin is fresh in my life. And there are days I still carry the weight, the guilt, and the shame of it all.

CHRIST KNEW ME ON MY WORST DAY, AND LOVED ME.
HE SAW MY SIN AND BORE MY SHAME. HE WELCOMED ME IN.

Until I remember the Gospel.

That Christ knew me on my worst day, and loved me. That He saw my sin and bore my shame. That He welcomed me in – dirty, sinful, bruised and broken.

Although I hate driving past the stadium, in the same way it brings me hope. I know that there are places-memories-secrets-sin we all have that come back to haunt us. And I’m reminded by the stench of my past that the aroma Christ of greater. Passing down memory lane makes me grateful for the present and hopeful for the future. Because “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. (Romans 8:1)

And that is Good News.

Does your past ever come back to haunt you? Do you struggle to rest in His forgiveness? Let’s take those thoughts captive together and replace them with this truth.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us…” (Ephesians 1:7-8)

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 6:38)

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ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY 100% CERTAIN YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO HEAVEN?

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Most people believe they are going to heaven because they believe in God, they attend mass or church services, or they try to live a good life. But these people only hope that they will make it to heaven, they do not know. The Bible teaches that you can know that you have eternal life.

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” – 1 John 5:13

But how can someone know if they have been good enough to get to heaven? The answer is that your eternal destiny has nothing to do with how good you are. In fact, the Bible teaches that no one is good enough to get to heaven.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” – Romans 3:10

Righteousness is defined as, “God’s standard of perfection.” According to the Bible, no man meets this standard.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:23

Any disobedience toward God is sin. Whether you admit it or not, you know that you have sinned.

For instance, have you ever told a lie?

Then you have sinned.

As a child, were you ever disobedient to your parents?

Then you have sinned.

It does not matter how good you are compared to your siblings, your friends, or other people. Since you are a sinner, you do not measure up to God’s standard of perfection and are unworthy of heaven. In fact, your sinful nature will be judged by God.

The Bible says that Christ will be revealed from heaven with his angels:

“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;”
– 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

This judgment is the payment which you owe for your sin:

“For the wages of sin is death;” – Romans 6:23

We all know that wages are something we earn. By our sin, we have earned death.

So you might be asking, “If everyone is a sinner, and sin is deserving of death, how does anyone get to heaven?”

I’m glad you asked that!

The second half of Romans 6:23 contains the answer to your question:

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

This verse says that eternal life is a gift. Can you earn a gift? Do you have to do anything to get a gift?

Absolutely Not!

You see, eternal life cannot be earned, it must be accepted as a free gift.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” – Titus 3:5

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” – Romans 4:5

Faith is simply believing what God has said. God, being a loving Father, wants to have a relationship with you. Since you are separated from Him by your unrighteousness, he will count your faith for righteousness so that you can have a personal relationship with Him!

“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” – Philippians 3:9

But how did God provide for this free gift of eternal life? And if eternal life is a free gift that I can receive, how do I receive it? If God will count my faith for righteousness, what do I need to have faith in?

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

When the Bible says that “Christ died for us,” it means that Jesus Christ died in our place. We saw earlier how the payment for sin is death. Christ has already paid that payment for you.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Jesus Christ “knew no sin.” Since he was God, he never sinned. Since he was not a sinner, he did not owe the payment for sin, death. But he chose to die to pay your debt so that you could be “justified”, or declared righteous, by God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Once again, these verses show that Christ did not die for his own sins, but for OUR sins. He didn’t have any sin of his own to pay for, so he chose to pay for your sin. This is how God showed his love for us. He died for us so that we could have righteousness and eternal life as a free gift.

But that’s not all. If He had only died, this would not have been enough. Not only did He die, but He also “rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Christ’s resurrection purchased victory over death and proved that He was truly God. It is on the basis of Christ’s resurrection that God can offer you newness of life.

“Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” – Romans 4:25

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. – Romans 6:4

So how does one go about receiving this gift? The answer is very simple.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, – Ephesians 1:13

1. Hearing

Today, you have heard the gospel that Christ died for your sins and that salvation is a free gift.

2. Believing

Do you believe the gospel? Do you believe that you are a sinner and that you cannot earn salvation? Do you believe that because of your sin you are deserving of eternal judgment in the lake of fire? Do you believe that Jesus Christ gave his life for you so that you can have eternal life with him?

3. Trusting

Many people believe that Jesus Christ died. But many of these people are still trying to please God by their works. Trusting the gospel means that you have made the decision to rely completely on Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as the full payment for your sins.

Won’t you make that decision to trust him right now?

If you have made that decision, you may want to pray to God to thank him for the gift of eternal life that he has provided for you. But remember that you are saved by trusting in the gospel, not by saying a prayer. God is concerned with the condition of your heart, not some words that you recite. If you want to thank God for this gift, but aren’t really sure how to pray to him, you can use the following as a guide.

LORD,

I know that I am a sinner.

I know that, as a sinner, I deserve death.

And I know that I cannot earn eternal life or work my way to heaven.

But I believe that You died for my sins on the cross and paid my debt so that I can have eternal life as a free gift.

I believe that you rose from the dead for my justification.

I have decided to trust in you as my Savior and receive that gift.

Thank you for dying for me and for your free gift of eternal life.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

If you have placed your trust in the gospel, you are now eternally saved. Nothing can change that.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

The Bible says that you are now sealed with the Holy Spirit and are a member of the Body of Christ. No one, not even you, can now separate you from God’s love. You can now know, based on the Word of God, that you have eternal life. And since you didn’t do anything to earn eternal life, you don’t have to follow any list of rules and regulations to keep eternal life.

Let me repeat the question I asked you at the beginning:

Do you know where you will spend eternity?

Your answer can now be a resounding YES!

If you were to die right now and God were to ask you, “Why should I let you into my heaven?” You can now say with confidence based on the authority of the Word of God, Because Christ died for my sins!

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