Praying for Results

George Otis, Jr.   From “The Twilight Labyrinth” 

What are we to pray for?

God’s Word makes it clear that some prayers are not acknowledged. Reasons for this vary.  Sometimes we submit our requests out of a wrong motive (James 4:3), while at other times we project our own agenda (Jonah 4:2, Matthew 20:21).

Praying for things that are not on God’s heart is a common mistake—and one to be avoided.  Fortunately, the Bible provides us with a register of things we are to pray for. We are not left to guess. This list includes at least four themes:

Blessing and prosperity—
Deliverance from deception—
God’s will to be accomplished—
A hunger for His presence—