Dangerous Prayers


Hello, everyone! Today I am very excited to talk about something that I have been learning a lot about recently
Prayer. 
I've been reading this really awesome book by Craig Groeschel called Dangerous Prayers: Because following Jesus was never meant to be safe and it has changed the way I pray. I normally don't read nonfiction but I did the Bible plan based on this book on the YouVerson Bible App and I loved it so much I had to get the book!
The first chapter in Dangerous Prayers talks about the prayer of David in Psalms 139:23-24 and I thought I'd share with you all what I am learning about it.

Search my heart, God.
Reveal my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me.
And lead me in the way everlasting. ~ Psalms 139:23-24
Search me.
Reveal my fears.
Uncover my sins.
Lead me.

These are all very dangerous prayers to pray. When you ask Him to search you, reveal your fears and uncover your sins, There is a chance that He is going to show you something you'd rather stay hidden.
Let's go over each section of this in a little more detail.

Search me.
This is a dangerous prayer because you are asking God, the one who created you, to search your heart and see everything that is in there.
"But He already knows my heart. He knows everything, right?"
Yes, but praying this is telling God, "I am willing for you to see everything in me."
This one prayer is kinda like an umbrella for the others. It goes hand and hand with them. So let's move on to the next one

Reveal my fears.
Everyone has fear. That is why we have to give our characters fears, so people can relate to them better. We each have a fear deep down inside us that keeps us up at night.
Craig Groeschel said in the book (and I am paraphrasing) "Where we fear the most is where we are trusting God the least."
Ask God, "What are my fears? What keeps me up at night? In what area do I need to trust you more?"
For me, it is that I am afraid of missing out on what God has for me. I feel like when I am faced with a choice to do one thing or the other, that I will choose the wrong one and regret it. I have to learn to trust God to put me in the right place at the right time. Everything is in His hands. I don't have to worry.

Reveal my sins. 
"Again," you ask, "God already knows my sins, I know my sins so why do I need to pray this?"
Because there might be something that you have done or are doing that you think is fine but is wrong in God's eyes. Asking Him to show you your sins, allows God to do just that and allows you to see where you have been wrong. Then you can repent to God and ask for forgiveness from the people you may have offended.

Lead me.
This perhaps might be the most dangerous of all. You are asking God to send you where ever He wants you to go. But if you trust Him, you can know that He will not lead you astray.
I think that if you pray this prayer, lead me, that you won't be called onto this big crazy adventure, I don't know, you might, but I think it is a little more than that. I think that in praying this, God will also call us to serve Him in our everyday lives, well, he already is calling us to do that but I think in praying this we will be able to see it more clearly.


I hope all this made sense and I hope you were able to get something out of it. I'm sorry I wasn't able to post last week, I hope I can do better next week.

Until then, bye!!!

Comments

  1. Dear NAOMI: This is SO VERY GOOD ! WOW ! WOW ! WOW ! I have been reading a book that speaks of this same thing. It is by Nik Ripken. His book is entitled THE INSANITY of OBEDIENCE.

    The subtitle is "Walking with Jesus in the Tough Places."

    Mr. Ripken basically says this: The things that God calls us to do as Followers of Jesus is CRAZY. "Love people who hate us." CRAZY. Forgive people who hurt us 7 x 70. CRAZY.

    His point is that IT IS crazy to this world. To this very broken world. But it is NOT CRAZY to God. But we can only love people like this with the Holy Spirit doing it THROUGH US. It is NOT going to be us who do these amazing things. It is going to me God working through us in HIS Holy Spirit.

    Naomi, I LOVE your writings. KEEP WRITING.

    To Every Nation,
    Rick ( + Suzanne) Seifert


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