The Danger of Biased Prayers
Have you ever received an answer to your prayer, only find out down the road that it was wrong? What happens when we step out into a new relationship, job, place, etc. because we received a sign that pointed to the fact it was God’s will, only to find out it wasn’t?
Prayer is the phone-line to heaven—we all seek guidance in order to make the right decisions in life… It is imperative that we receive counsel from God, and He loves giving us signs and wisdom to point us where we need to be.
The problem is that many of us fail to realize how important praying correctly with an unbiased heart is. I certainly didn’t… Until I found myself in numerous pits because of following false signs disguised as God’s truth.
Satan starts by toying with our emotions to create a bias in our heart for a certain person/place/thing… In other words, the enemy’s goal is that when we take the issue to God in prayer, we are not willing to hear Him tell us, “No”. We may pray that God will confirm what His will is, but if it scares us too much to think about the fact God might tell us: “don’t go out with him/her”, “don’t go there”, “don’t take that job”, “let go of this person/place/thing”… Then we are in an extremely dangerous place.
Anything or anyone we cannot let go of is an idol… Satan knows that if he can get us to desire something more than God’s truth, then we can pray all we want for God’s will—He still won’t be able to protect us from being deceived and falling for false signs and counterfeits. We will come under a strong delusion disguised as God’s peace.
What are the focal points of your prayer life at the moment that you need heaven’s guidance on? A relationship? A child? An opportunity? A home? A job? Finances?
Seek God’s counsel and ask for confirmation about which direction to take… Just make sure that when you ask, you are willing to hear His truth (yes, no, this way, or that way)—lest you be deceived and miss out on God’s best for you.
Remember—Satan is disguised as an angel of light—Just because you’re presented with a package that has a “Jesus” label on it doesn’t necessarily mean that the package’s contents are God’s will for you.
Keeping my prayer life guarded from bias is a continual process (that I certainly have not perfected), but learning to pray correctly is the greatest spiritual breakthrough I’ve ever experienced. Here are some examples of what I pray and the scriptures I base them on:
-Holy Spirit, I pray that you would protect me from being deceived by false signs and false peace… Create within me a desire to love the Your truth, even when it’s hard and not what I want to hear… (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
-I pray that You would make obvious to me anything in my life that is a distraction from the enemy and not apart of Your plan… Cut off anything in my life that is not from You… (John 15)
-I pray that You would break me any way and every way that is necessary for the glory of Your kingdom. Temper my faith to be worth more than the purest gold… Strengthen me in such a way that I may be able to bear much load for You. (1 Peter 1:7)
-Train my hands for battle and make me as sure-footed as a deer, enabling me to stand on the mountain heights with You… (Psalm 18:33-34)
-My enemies are too strong for me, Oh God… Please reach down from heaven and take hold of me… Pull me out of troubled waters and lead me to a spacious place—rescue me because You delight in me. (Psalm 18: 16-19)
-Write Your words and Your laws upon my heart so that I may know You… (Jeremiah 31:33)
-I pray that You would show me the things fenced in and hidden (Jeremiah 33:3)… Show me the treasures of darkness and riches of the secret places, so that I would know that You have called me by name… (Isaiah 45:3)
-I know that Your thoughts are higher and Your ways are greater than mine (Isaiah 55:8-9)… I pray that you would open my eyes to see, my ears to hear, and my heart to desire Your will… (Psalm 119:18)
-Jesus, all that I am is for You…. Please forgive me when I have put other people and things before You…Forgive me when I have worshiped You with my words while having a heart far from You… (Isaiah 29:13)
-Remove any idol from my life that I have knowingly or unknowingly put before You, God. My life means nothing to me if I don’t accomplish the ministry You’ve given me… (Acts 20:24)
-I desire Your wisdom more than anything else… I pray that You would give me a discerning heart… Give me a heart after Your own. (1 Kings 3:9, 1 Samuel 13:14)
-I pray that You would have favor on me and enlarge my territory… That Your hand would be with me… Keep me from all evil, that I would not cause pain… (The Prayer of Jabez—1 Chronicles 4:10)
-Please forgive me, Holy Spirit, for the times I have grieved You by chasing the desires of my own selfish ways… (Ephesians 4:30)
-I pray that You would counsel me, comfort me, and keep me close to Your heart (John 14:26)… That I would be obedient and receive more of Your manifested Presence in my life… (Acts 5:32) Lead me into all truth… (John 16:13)
-Make me into a person like Abraham, whom You could consider Your friend. Help me to trust You with my heart, God, and I pray that You would make me into a person whom You could trust with Yours. (Psalm 25:14-15)
-Jesus, I pray that I would be made completely one with You, the Holy Spirit, and the Father… Imprint Who You are upon my life so that others may believe that You are Who You say You are, and that the Father has loved me as He loved You. (John 17:20-23)
Hurry with your answer, God!
I’m nearly at the end of my rope.
Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me!
That would be certain death.
If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice,
I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you.
Point out the road I must travel;
I’m all ears, all eyes before you.
Save me from my enemies, God—
you’re my only hope!
Teach me how to live to please you,
because you’re my God.
Lead me by your blessed Spirit
into cleared and level pastureland.