7 Things God don’t want you to do while you’re praying to Him
Acts 10:35 says that God wants to hear the prayers of his children and everyone who respects him and does what is right. Psalm 65:2 says that everyone will come to God because he answers prayers.
But there are some things you shouldn’t do when you pray to God, because he is holy and just, and if you do those things, he won’t answer your prayer.
Here are 7 things you shouldn’t do while praying.
1. Don’t repeat words for no reason. Matthew 6:7 says you shouldn’t keep repeating the same words because God already knows what you want to ask before you do. Ecclesiastes 5:6 says to use few words because when you repeat words, you say a lot, and when you say a lot, you can’t help but sin (Proverbs 10:19).
2. Don’t hold grudges against your neighbors in your heart. Mark 11:25 says that God won’t forgive you for your sins if you don’t forgive the people who hurt you. So if you don’t forgive others, you won’t be able to be forgiven, which will make it harder for your prayers to be answered.
3. Don’t pray where other people can see you. Matthew 6:5 says that God doesn’t want you to pray where other people can see you. Instead, you should go home and close the door before talking to your heavenly Father.
4. God doesn’t want you to promise something you can’t keep. Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 says that you shouldn’t make a promise and then not keep it. It also says that it’s better not to make a promise than to make one and then not keep it.
5. God doesn’t want you to pray in the wrong way. 1John 5:14 tells us that God will always hear us when we pray according to his will. And James 4:3 says that we don’t get what we ask for because we pray wrong.
6. God doesn’t want you to try to hide your mistakes. In Proverbs 28:13, it says that if you try to hide your sins from God instead of confessing them, your prayers will not be answered. This is because God says that anyone who hides their sin will not do well.
7. When you pray to God, you shouldn’t be too proud of yourself. In Luke 18:9–14, there’s a story about two men who were praying at the same time. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a publican.
While the Pharisee praised himself for keeping the law, the publican bowed down and asked for forgiveness for his sin. In the end, the publican was forgiven, but the Pharisee wasn’t. As Romans 3:20 says, no one will be justified by the works of the law, so God sees the Pharisee as being proud before him. James 4:6 tells us that God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.
So, the next time you kneel or stand to pray, remember the seven things God doesn’t want you to do and don’t do them. Your prayers will be answered.
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