Saturday, September 13, 2014

The 5 Least Prayed Prayers

I’ve been in the ministry for nearly thirty years and have heard hundreds, if not thousands, of people’s prayers. Here are five prayers that I’ve rarely heard anyone pray.

#5 Praying for God to send laborers into His harvest (Luke 10:2). This isn’t a prayer to send missionaries to another country but for the Holy Spirit to move on every believer to witness to others wherever they may be.

#4 Praying for those in authority over us (1 Tim. 2:1-2). This means praying every day for governmental authorities, our employers, and pastors. We pray that their hearts will be right with God and they will make correct decisions “that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life.” If we will do this, God says it will bring peace into our lives.

#3 Praying for God to give supernatural wisdom (James 1:5). “If anyone lacks wisdom let him ask of God” (v.5). Is there anyone who does NOT lack wisdom? Notice that God wants us to first realize that we don’t have it. The beginning of wisdom is to ask for it. (Prov. 4:7). This is not just a prayer for whenever we are in trouble but something we should pray for every day.

#2 Praying for those who mistreat us (Luke 6:28). Jesus specifically told us to pray for our enemies who treat us wrongfully. We don’t want to do it because they have hurt us, but if we would obey His instructions we might see their hearts change along with their behavior. If we don’t pray for the Holy Spirit to convict their hearts they will likely continue in their mistreatment.

And the #1 Least Prayed Prayer—thanking God for our health when we aren’t sick (Luke 17:12-18). Ten lepers asked Jesus to heal them. After Jesus healed all ten, only one returned to thank Him. Notice the two different prayers—a request for healing by 10 and thankfulness for health by 1. Jesus was grieved that the other nine didn’t thank Him for their health. I’ve heard multitudes of people ask God for healing but hardly anyone thanks God for their health every day. Every Christian should pray one of two prayers every day—either healing for sickness or thankfulness for health. Maybe if we would sincerely thank God every day for when we are healthy we would be sick a lot less.

NEW SERMONJONAH, part 2 “When You Hit Bottom” by Kent Crockett

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