“This my God is my prayer. Draw me from Your fire, form me on Your anvil, shape me with Your hands and let me be Your tool.” – Max Lucado
Dangerous Prayers! Can prayer be dangerous? Is prayer supposed to be dangerous? Any encounter with a Holy God can be dangerous—not in a life-threatening way, but in a way that can be life-altering and soul-shaping.
All too often we pray safe prayers: God bless me. God help me. God protect me. God heal me. God provide for me.
Dangerous prayers are risky and life-stretching. Dangerous prayers come out of a spirit of brokenness. Dangerous prayers are filled with boldness and daring faith.
My most dangerous prayers have come in moments of deep frustration and seasons of brokenness. I pray more dangerously when I need to experience God’s light in my soul, His power in my ministry, and His leading for the future.
Over the next 21 days, we are going to explore the dangerous prayers that have been prayed by God’s people for thousands of years. We trust God will meet you in a dangerous and life-transforming manner. We pray that you will not be the same and that your family, neighborhood, workplace and church will be impacted because you personally have met with God.
Summary: Take Jacob, for instance, who wrestled with God out of great frustration and the paralyzing fear of meeting his brother Esau. He clung to God in prayer as a wrestler grappling with his opponent—and in the process, he was changed profoundly (Genesis 32:22-32).
Summary: Confessional prayers allow God to breathe into your life. When you invite His holiness, righteousness and glory to invade your being, He reveals your needs and any obstacles that are hindering your growth and usefulness in His mission.
There is no room for morbid introspection in the life of a follower of Jesus. Why? Because when we search our own hearts, we can quickly fall into self-deception. Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” He continues, “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds” (Jeremiah 17:9-10). Only God is qualified to search our hearts correctly.
David’s prayer acknowledges God’s searching power, admits that we are so easily deceived and humbly submits to God’s truth rather than our feelings or perceptions.
Summary: Transformational prayers allow God to shape and mold us. They seek God’s sanctifying power, strength and grace as we work out the gospel in our lives through confession and repentance. They find God’s leading by submitting to His Word and surrendering to His ways.
Choosing the higher road in relationships can be dangerous. But it is the only way God wants us to live. You cannot control the way people treat you, but you can control how you respond to their treatment.
King David was a man who suffered the ill-treatment of King Saul. At the time of this prayer, he was running for his life by hiding in caves and retreating into the wilderness. David prayed for God to show him the level path and teach him how to walk on it. He prayed that God would reveal the right thing to do in the midst of these unfortunate circumstances. God answered him by saying, “Wait! Wait on me!” (Psalm 27:14).
Waiting on the Lord is courageously trusting God to deal with your enemies. When we learn to wait on the Lord, we find the strength to take the high road in our relationships.
Summary: Missional prayers align us with God’s purposes. They teach us to rest in God’s power and presence as we advance His mission and promote His Glory. They position us to be usable by God in any way possible.
What happened in Isaiah’s life to make him willingly volunteer to be God’s man in any tough situation?
Accepting God’s assignment needs to be rooted in a profound experience with God. God’s assignments are miraculous in nature, and only God can change a human heart. Only God can cleanse a sinner and bring revival to a human heart and nation of people.
Free Sermon Series Package: “Dangerous Prayers”
LifeChurch.TV “Believe your big risks will be rewarded. Believe what you ask for is possible. If you’re ready to see a spark in your life, pray boldly. Pray daringly. Pray with fire. And remember, God’s listening to your Dangerous Prayers. This three-week series teaches us to pray bold prayers.”
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