Maybe You Should Stop Praying

As a pastor the following story is all too familiar:

A woman that life had seemingly beat down walked slowly down to the front of the church after my message to pray with me. She was quietly fuming about a situation she was facing at work and was struggling to find peace. After we spent some time praying asking God to move, I encouraged her to let me know how it all turned out.

When I saw her the next week and asked her about her circumstance, she said, “I got a lucky break. It worked out.”Silence is not a solution.

What?? We prayed for God almighty to intervene and you chalk it up to luck?

I get asked countless times a week to pray for people, situations, needs, etc. Of course, I pray; believing, trusting that God is going to move and have his way. The problem is I don’t hear a lot of kudos going God’s way when situations turn around or a problem is resolved.

More and more I’m seeing Christians pray and ask God for help only to credit themselves, others or coincidence when it’s resolved. They don’t even think to acknowledge that God was in the mix.

If you don’t think that God is moving and working in your situations, why bother praying? Maybe you should just stop.


You could get back to the much needed place of acknowledging God’s movement in every facet of your life. He’s doing more than saving people through the cross, He’s rebuilding marriages, softening a boss’s heart, giving you that great idea, giving you those words to say, healing that cold, and starting that car. The list goes on and on. He. Is. Moving.

On second thought, keep praying…..just give God the credit He’s due.

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