So, what’s the difference between right and wrong praying? Isn’t praying simply praying? No, no, no!
Trying to get the right results the wrong way, won’t cut it. God has set things up in His Word so that we can get the right results every time. BUT, and I say but, we have to do it according to His way, not what we think.
Too many times, in fact, most of the time when I bring up praying the right way it hits a nerve in people and they get very defensive. Most will say, “God knows what I mean!” Yes, that’s true but it doesn’t get the job done and how’s that working for you?
It’s so counter-productive that you’d think they’d be open to doing things that would get the right results. You see, praying the wrong way, and not getting the desired results, causes discouragement and after doing this over a period of time, the people conclude that they really can’t expect results. So, why do they keep praying, thinking that they probably won’t get their answers? Because praying makes them feel like they’ve done something.
It reminds me of those who pray eloquent prayers that are completely void of faith. Everyone feels better because of the eloquence but there’s no manifestation of results.
Let me give you some examples:
If you need deliverance and you pray asking God to get the devil off your back and stop annoying you, that’s a wrong way to pray. The Word says we are to resist the devil and he will flee from us. We are never told to ask God to do it. He’s already given us the authority and power over the devil and our job is to simply do it!
Genesis 1:28 (KJV) 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
James 4:7 (KJV) 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
And what about healing? If we pray and ask God to heal us, that’s wrong praying! Why? Because He’s already healed us! Now our part is to simply receive what He’s already given. When Jesus went to the Cross, He not only paid the price for our sins, but for our healing also. We don’t have to ask for healing, we simply receive what God has already given.
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Isaiah 53:4-5 (KJV) 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Matthew 8:17 (KJV) 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
I’ve seen too many times that people just want to pray any ol’ way they want and don’t get results, especially with healing. I’ve seen people die because they wouldn’t believe God’s way. I say that because it’s always God’s will to be healed – always, always, always!
Here’s something to think about: when you think you know everything there is to know about healing, deliverance, prosperity, etc., you cut yourself off from further revelation that can enlighten you to the Truth of God’s Word that you don’t know.
This reminds me of trying play football using baseball rules. It won’t work. Let’s just do things God’s way and live the victorious life that He has planned for us and show forth His goodness for all to see.