Please – No Bible Study, Just Prayer!

A precious memory from my years doing jail ministry:

A group of incarcerated teenage boys followed me into the classroom.  None wanted to come for Bible study.  Instead, they were only coming so I could pray for them.

Each shared their specific requests: “Pray my grandma will get well. Pray for my girlfriend and my baby.  Pray the judge will go easy on me.  Pray I’ll get released this week.”  They each had requests for what they wanted God to do for them.

I prayed for each request.  Afterward I said, “I just prayed for the things you want God to do for you.  Now tell me something. Do you really think God is up in heaven just waiting to give you whatever you ask?  Do you ever think that perhaps there might be something He wants from you?

“Jesus said, ‘If you love me, keep my commands.’  You guys don’t even want to know what His commands are—so you can obey Him.  I don’t think you love God. God has done so much for you, and He is willing to do more for those who have the right attitude, but you don’t even want to read the Bible.  You don’t want to know what God’s Word is saying to you. You’re not interested.

“Do you think God is stupid?  Do you think God feels hurt when you diss Him? God is not to be mocked!  Do you really think God will honor the prayers of people who don’t respect Him?”

The boys decided to stay for Bible study after all.  I presented the gospel message and at the end of the evening all but two wanted to pray and give their lives to Christ.

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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3 Responses to Please – No Bible Study, Just Prayer!

  1. Linda says:

    This is something I will remember the next time unbelievers ask me to pray for them, but I pray I will have the courage you did to ask them these kinds of difficult questions. I realize I will have to take into consideration the setting and the circumstances, but these questions need to be asked.

    • Kathleen says:

      Unfortunately, many believe prayer is for the purpose asking God for “stuff.” I like the popular ACTS formula for prayer: A-Adoration, C-Confession, T-Thanksgiving, S-Supplication (for others and for self).

  2. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, I love the way you handled that. So many people just want what they want from God with no regard to what He wants from them. As you said, God will not be mocked.

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