Wednesday, January 03, 2018

What if someone prayed the wrong things for you?

We are to pray for others and support each other in petitions to the Lord, but we can sometimes pray the wrong things for our brethren and loved ones. 

That is exactly what happened to me today. 

It happened because they did not have the full story and so when the person prayed for me, she prayed for exactly the opposite of what I am asking God for. 

She was not to blame of course because I wasn’t given the opportunity to say more about my situation but I’m also okay in not doing so. I appreciate the privacy accorded to me, but then the prayer wasn’t accurate. 

So what do we do in such circumstances, for both the person who prays and the person prayed for?

Of course the person prayed for can talk to the person who prays and they can pray again. 

But if that is not possible or preferred, then nothing I suppose. We pray for others as we deem necessary and as the Spirit lead but that also begs the question, was it really Spirit led?

I don’t know. 

But this I know: we need to be thankful that God knows all. And he hears our prayers and will answer according to his perfect wisdom and knowledge. 


1 comment:

  1. Probably why I rarely pray specifics for people anymore. My petitions for friends usually target things like comfort, wisdom, patience and understanding.

    I love the wisdom about prayer that we find in James 5. There we read about being patient, enduring, not complaining, being transparent with others, anointing, faith and other things.