When Should Prayer be Deemed as Inappropriate?

Today, Chris had a very interesting conversation with a friend via phone. His thoughts are below.

 

Today, a friend and I were talking on the phone. As we were talking, a man who my friend didn’t know approached.

 

“Can you see?” “No”, answered my friend. “Can I help you with anything?” “No, I’m fine”, replied my friend. “Can I pray for your eyes?”, asked the man. “I’m fine”, said my friend.

 

At this time, the man said OK, and then left. He didn’t appear aggressive in any way, nor offended.

 

Once left, my friend said, “Oh brother! Did you just hear that?” I told him that I did, and I proceeded by asking him if that happens to him often in his town.

 

He indicated to me that this was an uncommon occurrence. It almost seemed to me like my friend was a bit irked that this gentlemen would have asked such a question.

 

Don’t get me wrong… I completely understand that he didn’t know this guy, therefore we have no way of knowing what belief this guy possessed, nor do we know if it would fall within biblical doctrine. Further, we don’t really fully know this man’s intents. Trust me when I say, I get it, really I do!

 

This led me to a very interesting question which I cannot help but ponder over and over again and again in my head.

 

I tend to be a “what if” thinker. – It’s always been my nature of personality. So, here I go again. LOL!

 

What if… that guy had been a total creep? What if… that guy was out to harm, or worse, God literally forbid, kill him? What if… that guy was some form of a demonic influence?

 

But then, I also started thinking things like: what if… that guy was truly an intercessor? What if… that guy had truly been sent by God the Father? What if… that guy was an angel? What if… my friend had actually let me go, let that guy pray, and he had become sighted?

 

The truth is, at this point, we shall never know.

 

In the bible, more specifically in Hebrews 13 verse 5, a declaration is made. The declaration states, “For the Lord hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

 

So, what exactly does this mean?

 

Clearly, in this verse, we are made a very serious promise. We are told that there is no condition. God never leaves. God never moves. We… are the ones who move… not Him!

 

My point in mentioning this verse is that if we have a personal relationship with Christ the king, should we ultimately then be concerned with our future from either a physical or worldly perspective?

 

Now, don’t get me wrong here. I never once said we should sin, and who cares, as we have a relationship with God, therefore we can do anything we want… I never ever said that!

 

What I am trying ultimately to say is, when we have a personal relationship with God, that relationship is binding. As long as we obey his teachings to the best of our ability, and strive to have that walking faith with Him, he will not leave us. He will not forsake us.

 

Getting back to the gentlemen who approached my friend, what harm would it really have done to have allowed the prayers to take place?

 

Honestly, I feel nothing. My friend has a relationship with God. OK, he might have gotten hurt, he might have gotten killed, again God forbid, he may have remained blind, he may have actually become sighted, I have no idea.

 

Again, we don’t know what the outcome would have been, nor if it would have been good.

 

But, we do however know that as long as we have faith that God’s will always be done, and nothing more than his will be done, we then have the assurance of his eternal protection.

 

I again can’t stress enough, this does not under any conditions mean that we should test God in this area! It simply means that if we trust, and we have faith in Christ, and Christ alone, then our hope can be built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and his righteousness. He is! The solid rock!

 

So, again my question: when, if ever, should prayer be considered dangerous, or be deemed as inappropriate?

 

Let us know in the comments area.