Dangerous Prayers To Pray #1 – From The Archive
26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth,…27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him.
“Do you ever feel like God is missing?” There are times in my life where even through my best efforts to feel Him, He seems to have disappeared. If you are like me and have ever felt this way, myy challenge to you is to believe that even in those times in which His presence is fleeting, it may be there that God is proving our faithfulness to Him.
In those times of doubting his presence, press in! PRESS IN WITH PRAYER! Press in with prayers that are full of emotion. Pray prayers that require a physical mandate from you. When I am in a spiritual drought I tend to want to pray prayers of rescue. Praying prayers of rescue are fantastic prayers to pray, but in addition to asking for His hand to reach down to you, take the initiative and grab hold of His hand, the hand that loved you first. You may be asking, “Great idea Donnie, but how do I do that?” You do this by praying prayers that are truly dangerous. Here is 1 of 3 dangerous prayers you can pray. I am praying this week that you will pray this prayer with me! I WARN YOU THOUGH, THIS PRAYER IS DANGEROUS!
#1 – “Lord, will you please use me!”
If you pray this with honesty and sincerity…your life will change! God won’t take this prayer lightly if He knows it’s a prayer from your gut and soul! This prayer shouldn’t be prayed unless you know how dangerous it really can be. This is a prayer that can’t be uttered from a casual church goer, or a casual follower of Christ, but rather from a believer who is intense in his/her committed relationship with God. This will come from one who is allowing God to break their heart and remove any sense of self fullfilllment, but to fill them with a sense of determination to glorify God with their life.
Here is the easy version: “Lord will you use others,” or even, “Lord use me, but…”
God is the only one who can use the word “but”. When you use “but”, it can only mean your ability to surrender has limits. He longs for nothing less than a complete surrender.
What are you willing to do for God? Does your prayer have limits? How far is too far? Read Romans 12:1. That is what we are called to, a living sacrifice. The problem with being a “living sacrifice” is that it has a tendency to crawl slowly and deliberately away from the altar where our commitment seemed so real. Daily surrendering is the hardest thing for me to wrap my trivial human heart around…but I know it has to start with dangerous prayers, followed by unwavering commitment.
A result of this prayer is found listed in this passage…
Yet He is actually not far from each one of us,28 for In him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your own poets have said, For we are indeed his offspring.
Next week I will give you Dangerous Prayer #2!
May the Lord Bless you Richly this week as you pray this dangerous prayer with me!