The 8 Most Dangerous Christian Prayers... #5 Ruined my Life (2023)

There are different forms of Christian prayer, but whether you have a set prayer time or seek to communicate with God throughout the day (or some combination of both), here are 8 Christian prayers that are extremely dangerous to pray.

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pray them … we should! It just means that when we pray them, we should watch out!

Watch out for these dangerous prayers

1. Teach me humility.

After you pray this Christian prayer for humility, be ready for people to badmouth you, slander you, and drag your name through the mud. If you pray for humility, be ready for false accusations, for that “skeleton in the closet” to be revealed, or for people to belittle you and talk down to you as if you were inferior.

The only way to learn humility is to be placed in humbling situations, so if you pray for humility, be ready!

2. Teach me patience.

If you pray for patience, get ready to be surrounded by the most annoying people you have ever met. Get ready for your car to break down when you are late for an appointment. Get ready your children to go bonkers. Get ready for prayers to not get answered. Get ready for setbacks, roadblocks, and pitfalls.

Just like with all the other Christian prayers on this list, God teaches us patience by taking us through trying times.

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3. Lead me wherever you want me to go.

One way this Christian prayer is often prayed is with the words, “Here I am, Lord, send me.”

Usually when we pray this Christian prayer, we think that God is going to send us into high profile ministry positions, places of honor and glory, and opportunities to be heard. This is why ministry leaders almost never “feel the leading of God” to go to smaller ministries and places of lesser significance. God always seems to “call” pastors and ministry professionals to bigger churches, richer ministries, and positions with greater power.

While I do not deny that God sometimes leads people in these directions, I think that more often than not, God wants to lead us downward, but we refuse to go. Of course, this does not mean that we will stay in the gutter if God leads us there. God may very well lift us up out of the gutter to a place of prominence, but when He does so, He gets the glory instead of us.

That’s why this is such a dangerous Christian prayer. We want to be used by God for great things in His kingdom, but God’s path to greatness usually does not mirror what we had in mind. God’s path to greatness usually leads to prison, death, and the gates of hell.

Also (and this fits with #1 above), when we pray this prayer, we will often be faced with a choice between two ministry positions, one that leads to honor, glory, and fame, and one that leads to obscurity and insignificance. Though the temptation is to choose glory and honor, such decisions may actually be a choice to follow Jesus downward into humility.

I once heard Francis Schaeffer say in an interview that if given the choice between two ministry positions, we should choose the one with less fame and glory.

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4. Help me understand the plight of the poor.

This Christian prayer is like asking God to make you poor. Yikes! How can you understand the plight of the poor unless you become poor yourself?!

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So do you like your nice house, your two cars, your steak dinners, and your Caribbean vacations? Don’t ask God to help you understand the plight of the poor.

5. Make me more like Jesus.

In one way or another, this has been a constant life prayer of mine. A couple years back, I realized that this prayer ruined my life.

I had my life all figure out, and it was all going according to my perfect plan. Then I started praying this prayer. Before long, all my hopes and dreams lay shattered around my feet. I often tried to pick up the pieces and glue everything back together, but God would come through with His baseball bat and smash it all to hell (almost literally… all of my plans and dreams deserved nothing more).

When you pray to be like Jesus, God will begin to break down, burn away, and slough off anything and everything in your life that does not look like Jesus. This sounds nice until you begin to experience it. The purification of our life may be with God’s refining fire, but it sill burns!

6. Give me more faith.

Christians like our beliefs in nice, neat packages. But life is not like that, and neither is life with God.

When Christians pray for God to give us more faith, we are likely to enter into some of the difficult and doubt-filled times of our lives. You will begin to question everything you have never known and everything you have ever believed. You may even begin to doubt God’s goodness and maybe even His existence.

This is not bad. Embrace the doubts. Understand that if what you believe it true, it can stand up against all questions. Truth does not fear a challenge. There is no other way for your faith to grow than for your faith to be tested.

7. Give me victory over sin and temptation.

The 8 Most Dangerous Christian Prayers... #5 Ruined my Life (2)How do you think victory comes, except through ever-increasing cycles of temptation? Sure, God does not send the temptations, and He never allows us to be tempted with more than we can bear, but if we pray for God to give us victory over sin and temptation, this is the same thing as asking God to strengthen us so that we can stand up under greater and greater temptations!

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So if you pray this Christian prayer, be ready for an onslaught of all the wiles of the devil.

8. Please help my annoying neighbor/coworker come to Christ.

This is a great Christian prayer. Except guess how God is going to help your annoying neighbor or coworker come to Christ? That’s right. He’s going to use you.

I once heard a story of a Bible study group who decided to make a prayer list of all the people they “disliked” the most, and then pray for these people every week as part of the Bible study. Over the course of the next ten years, all but one of the people on that list became believers, and almost all of them became Christians because the members of that Bible study showed grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness to these “annoying” people.

If you are going to pray for someone, be prepared to answer your own prayers.

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FAQs

Can you take back a prayer? ›

That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do." (James 1:6-8 NIV) In other words, we must not "undo" our own prayers. When Jesus teaches us how to have mountain-moving faith, He emphasizes the power of our words. "Have faith in God.

What is the prayer of faith in James 5 15? ›

Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him.

How do you pray for a difficult situation? ›

I need to know that you care, that you love me, be my refuge from pain, replacing my distress with peace, and be my strength when I feel weak and find it hard to carry on. Help me not to fear the future but to boldly trust that you are in control when my emotions plunge me down, and when I am in despair.

What is the paradox of prayer? ›

Authentic reflection is only a mirror of prayer, the longing for something certain, like a tree. Our ecological ideations are pretexts for paradoxical prayer, because we utter those words and intentions while we are in the act of both living and dying. Yet, instinct guides us toward something better, not worse.

How can I say sorry to God? ›

Jesus, I believe you love me. Please forgive me for my sins. Help me to be a better person.

Does the Holy Spirit make you cry? ›

Certainly the Spirit of the Lord can bring strong emotional feelings, including tears, but that outward manifestation ought not to be confused with the presence of the Spirit itself” (in Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service [2004], 99).

What is the meaning of James 1 5? ›

More About This Verse

This helps you to cultivate a deeper trust in God. God gives generously to us when we ask for things that are good, right, and in His will. Even if we have failed or sinned, and are now coming to God asking for repentance and guidance, He is thrilled to help us.

Is it 53 or 5? ›

Key Verse: Isaiah 53:5, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes, we are healed.” (NKJV) The ultimate plan of God is not divine healing but divine health.

What is the greatest Catholic prayer? ›

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

What are the three powerful prayers? ›

These three powerful morning prayers are the prayers of thanksgiving, the Lord's Prayer, and the prayer of Jabez. Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, the Bible tells us to enter his gates with thanksgiving, and Jabez prayed to God and God granted him his request.

How do you pray for an instant miracle? ›

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What prayer can I say for a miracle? ›

God, we thank you that when you are for us, nothing can be against us. We ask you for a miracle, and we know that you will freely give us all things. We thank you, Lord Jesus, that you are at the right hand of the Father, continually interceding for us. We thank you that nothing can separate us from your love.

Do Zen Buddhist pray to Buddha? ›

Since Buddhism is nontheistic -- meaning gods aren't necessary -- do Buddhists pray? And the answer is, no, but yes, and it depends. Prayer in the dictionary sense is not a formal part of Buddhism, since it is understood there is no powerful "other" to which prayers are directed.

What are the 3 unforgivable sins in the Bible? ›

New Testament passages

Matthew 12:30: "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.

How do you say sorry to Allah? ›

Recite Astaghfirullah constantly. Say it 3 times after every salat and minimum of 100 times a day. It means, "I seek forgiveness from Allah". Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Whoever says, 'Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi,' 100 times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea.

What sins does God not forgive? ›

In the Book of Matthew (12: 31-32), we read, "Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.

What does God do when we cry? ›

God absolutely responds to the tears of everyone! The trials and tribulations of this world can certainly bring us to tears. In times like these, we can find strength, solace, and comfort by crying out to God in prayer. He is there to ease our sorrows and help us to deal with pain and suffering.

Why do I cry when I pray to Shiva? ›

When tears come from your eyes while doing meditation or recitation, it means that God is giving you a sign. That means that you have made a connection with the God whose meditation or worship you are reciting and your worship is also successful.

Is Crying spiritually good? ›

Emotional and spiritual benefits

Releasing sad tears is a natural way for the body, mind, and soul to process periods of loss or transition.

What can we learn from james1? ›

Introduction. James wrote an epistle to the scattered house of Israel, encouraging them to be patient in their afflictions and to seek wisdom from Heavenly Father. James also taught them to resist temptation, to be doers of the word, to serve others, and to stay spiritually clean.

What is the meaning of James 1 12? ›

Biblical Translations of James 1:12

NIV. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. NLT. God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.

What is the meaning of Proverbs 3 5 & 6? ›

“Lean not on your own understanding” means that God knows the way and we don't. At times we can't figure things out on our own and have no answers and we must acknowledge Jesus as Lord of all the accidents and incidents of life.

Which is most powerful prayer? ›

by thy power, protect us; in thy mercy, receive us, now and always. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

What are the 5 basic prayer? ›

The basic forms of prayer are adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication, abbreviated as A.C.T.S. The Liturgy of the Hours, the seven canonical hours of the Catholic Church prayed at fixed prayer times, is recited daily by clergy, religious, and devout believers.

What is the most powerful prayer for help? ›

Loving God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, lend skill to the hands of my healers, and bless the means used for my cure. Give me such confidence in the power of your grace, that even when I am afraid, I may put my whole trust in you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

What is the most powerful prayer to say to Saint Anthony? ›

Unfailing Prayer to Saint Anthony: O holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for his creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety.

What is Psalm 109 used for? ›

The New Oxford Annotated Bible titles this psalm "Prayer for deliverance from enemies", as one of the Imprecatory Psalms against deceitful foes. It starts with the psalmist's plea in verses 1–5, followed by an extensive imprecation (verses 6–19, concluded or summed up in verse 20).

What is the powerful prayer in the Bible? ›

Luke 2:8-20

Father God, we bow before you, and recognize our great need of a Savior. Today we want to lift our hearts and give thanks for Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. We lift our hearts in praise to our Savior, and as your loved children and your redeemed servants, we lay our lives before you in worship.

What happens when you pray the rosary for someone? ›

When we pray the Rosary with faith for a specific intention, we trust that God will guide and help us to know what to do. God helps us to understand His will in our lives in more than one way: He guides us when we have a specific question, intention, or situation we are praying for.

What is the best prayer to God? ›

Father in heaven, I stand before You today in Your omnipotent presence to ask that You grant me strength. I want You to give me the strength to power through all of the tasks today — whether little or big. It is by Your will that I live oh Lord. And I know it is also by Your will I will not go weak today.

How do I ask God for money? ›

Your plan is to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11), so God, cause me to prosper according to your word. Thank you for the people that you have assigned to bless my life financially. Bless them even more abundantly for their obedience. In Jesus' name, amen.

How do you pray 15 prayers of St Bridget? ›

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How do you end a prayer? ›

How do Christians end prayers? At the end of a Christian prayer, you will likely hear an amen. Some Christians end their prayer by saying, “All God's people said” or “In Jesus' name.” The endings to prayer express your agreement and sincerity.

Does Zen believe in god? ›

It is not a religion in the sense that the term is popularly understood; for Zen has no God to worship, no ceremonial rites to observe, no future abode to which the dead are destined, and, last of all, Zen has no soul whose welfare is to be looked after by somebody else and whose immortality is a matter of intense ...

Can Buddhist eat meat? ›

Many Buddhists interpret this to mean that you should not consume animals, as doing so would require killing. Buddhists with this interpretation usually follow a lacto-vegetarian diet. This means they consume dairy products but exclude eggs, poultry, fish, and meat from their diet.

Is Alan Watts a Buddhist? ›

He chose Buddhism, and sought membership in the London Buddhist Lodge, which had been established by Theosophists, and was then run by the barrister and QC Christmas Humphreys, (who later became a judge at the Old Bailey). Watts became the organization's secretary at 16 (1931).

Can God bring back my ex? ›

However, if they are really meant to be, the Lord will make way for them to be back together. In God's appointed time, He can bring two persons back together. And the second time around, their love will be more beautiful. Ecclesiastes 3:11(a) says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

Can I say in Jesus name amen? ›

In Jesus Name, Amen - YouTube

How do Christians end prayers? ›

How do Christians end prayers? At the end of a Christian prayer, you will likely hear an amen. Some Christians end their prayer by saying, “All God's people said” or “In Jesus' name.” The endings to prayer express your agreement and sincerity.

When God is removing someone from your life? ›

God Wants to Bring Someone Else in.

Removal of a person from your life can be a sign that God wants to bring someone else in. In other words, this can be His way to make room for another individual who might need you more and vice versa. Also, understand that there is an addition in every removal.

How can you tell if God is trying to tell you something? ›

3 Common Signs God Is Trying To Tell You Something
  1. Repetitive Messages. One really obvious way that God tries to get your attention is repetition. ...
  2. Friendly Fire. Another obvious sign God is trying to get your attention is through your friends. ...
  3. Hardened Heart.

Does God exist Yes or no? ›

The atheistic conclusion is that the arguments and evidence both indicate there is insufficient reason to believe that any gods exist, and that personal subjective religious experiences say something about the human experience rather than the nature of reality itself; therefore, one has no reason to believe that a god ...

What is the closing prayer? ›

Closing Prayer for Blessing

They are often said as a closing prayer for church service as a benediction. Lord God, thank you for your abundant love and care for us. Thank you for forgiving our sins, even for the sins we do not realize we commit. Lord, please fill us with your wisdom and your compassion for others.

What happens when we pray in the name of Jesus? ›

To gather, to pray, in the name of Jesus is to re-member the entire life of Jesus. Thus, to pray in the name of Jesus is to bring all the truth of Jesus's life and ministry to bear on the issue you are bringing to God in prayer.

How do you write in Jesus name? ›

The conundrum. According to the nifty website Daily Writing Tips, this particular issue has a long history. For years The Chicago Manual of Style stated that “Biblical and classical” proper names such as “Moses,” “Achilles,” and “Jesus” should take an apostrophe only, not an apostrophe with an S, to form the possessive ...

How do I know if God wants me to break up with someone? ›

1 You have a gut feeling. 2 He pushes you to disobey God. 3 He disregards your boundaries. 4 You don't feel in control around him.

Can God reveal your spouse to you? ›

God Will Reveal Your Spouse in the Right Season.

Adam was right where God wanted him to be and doing exactly what He called him to do. That is one of the biggest, though often overlooked, keys to God revealing your spouse. You must be in the right season of your life before God will allow you to find the right one.

How do you know if God sent your husband? ›

To guide you in recognizing the man sent by God for you, here are some signs from the Bible that you should watch out for.
  • He speaks the words of God. ...
  • He practices what he speaks. ...
  • He doesn't corrupt your good character. ...
  • He honors and respects you. ...
  • He makes sacrifices. ...
  • He forgives you. ...
  • He gives you grace.
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What are the words to the benediction? ›

The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make His face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up His countenance upon us, and give us peace, this day (night) and forever more. Amen.

How do you say a short closing prayer? ›

Almighty God, we started this meeting with you, and we are closing it with you. Thank you for making this meeting a success. We would not have done it without you because many are our plans, but it is you who establishes them. May the things we have learned today stir our hearts and may we put them into action.

What happens when you pray everyday? ›

God, our loving Heavenly Father, wants us to communicate with Him through prayer. He always listens to us when we pray. Daily prayer can bless you, your family, and those you pray for. It can also invite more peace into your life, help you learn more about God's plan for you, and more.

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