May 06, 2010

Praying For Bad Things

My friend is currently trying to sell his home. Like many of us, he bought high and hates the idea of having to sell low.

So, he prays for the miraculous. For God to be gracious and have someone come knocking who loves the house and wants to buy it for well above market value.

In essence, he's praying that God screw over some idiot.

Now, of course, he didn't even think about that side of the prayer when praying. But, once you think about that side, it's a little harder to pray for it isn't it?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

What if the price is not the best price in the present for the new buyer, but it is a great deal for the future and if they stay for a little while (3+ years) they still make a good profit? Is that a win-win?

I understand that the future isn't certain, but what if that is the true case.

Praying for pretty much anything is 'praying for bad things.' For example, you pray to get into a grad school that you have worked most of your young life be accepted. Schools have finite amount of spots and you take the spot from a deserving candidate too. Now don't you feel bad?

I guess should our prayers be asking for a blessing in the big things at all, if it will screw someone else?

Eric Olsen said...

well, there's a lot of "no-harm" prayers you can pray for. sickness, relationships, personal growth, spiritual growth.

but, great points.

Anonymous said...

Seems like the headline could just as easily read "praying for selfish things" or "praying for material things." I don't think Jesus would approve of either.

What's the precedent for these types of prayers in the NT?

Eric Olsen said...

Matthew 7:7-11 (New International Version)

7"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
9"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Anonymous said...

ah, of course! Totally slipped my mind...a bit rusty here ;)

But I guess when I read that passage in the context of the rest of the New Testament I understand the gift to be eternal life and not anything earthly or material.

Eric Olsen said...

yeah, it seems like most of the other NT prayers are for "righting" one's mind to the mind of God.

Anonymous said...

Guess I'm just thinking that Jesus wasn't much into accumulating wealth or other material things...

David Vox Mullen said...

Well, considering Jesus was a carpenter. I would assume he doesn't like this American housing market as it is. Not a lot of development going on.

Anonymous said...

As he rounds third base on his homerun trot, he points two index fingers and eyes heavenward, thanking God for his role in his good fortune. On the mound, a pitcher hangs his head. Clearly, if God's grace helped one, it hindered another. The options are few. Either God took a position in an athletic contest, or God did/does not. Extend this to weightier concerns like war. Lincoln wrestled with this in his second inaugural. Many like to believe they have God on their side, but at what point does God decide to play a specific role, to "play favorites" as it were? Somewhere between warfare and little league baseball? Oh, and if he does have influence in the real-estate market, i have a house in Vermont that I am trying to get out from under. -Clark from NJ

Eric Olsen said...

great thoughts, Clark!