[quote=James_2:24]Well I half agree/half disagree there…
I agree that we can pray for anything we like, but I also believe it can be outright immoral to pray for CERTAIN things.
Allow me to give extreme examples to drive the point home:
I can pray for:
- The death of someone I despise.
- For sexual relations with a person for whom I lust.
you get the point. My point with the question about the lottery was that I was praying for money. And we know that greed and love of money is a grave sin. To pray for money for the sake of having money, I believe can be sinful if one loves money too much.
Other prayers can be just petty. For example, praying for a BMW when you already have cars that can get you from point A to point B. I believe this can be sinful in that it is love of a material thing and unnecessary. There are people dying in the world for the faith, and to pray for a BMW… i think would be a lack of charity.
Point taken. Although I am not sure that the act of praying is ever in itself immoral, even if the things prayed for are. If what you are praying for is immoral, then you have bigger issues to deal with than the prayer.
This topic reminds me of a story my roommate told me. She used to pray to win the lottery, or the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, or well, ANY big money contest. She entered them, bought tickets, what-not. She prayed using the same ideas that you described-- “Lord, if you let me win I will make sure people are taken care of financially; I’ll donate a lot of it to my church; and I promise to be a good steward of your money.” Of course, she never won a cent. Well, as she tells the story, one day she actually got an answer to her prayers. She had just entered the PCH sweepstakes again, put the stamp on the envelope, and put it in the mail.Several days later, she picked up the mail and there was her entry, returned because there was no postage on it. She took that as her answer-- that God was saying, “No I am not going to let you win; you are not doing those things you promised with what you already have, what makes you think I am going to give you more?!”
Have a great day!