Dangerously Bold

For the past two Sundays, pastor Sonny has been teaching about dangerous prayer. You know, the type of prayer that if it is in accordance with God’s will, might actually require something of you! Some examples would be: ‘Father, change me’ or as Jesus aguishly prayed in the garden ‘…yet, not my will, but Yours be done’. Quite often, dangerous prayers will enact a change in us or may require us to step outside of our comfort zones and safety nets. And I find that they always require the complete surrender of our will and/or situation to Him. In the past, when you have prayed (and I know all of us have), ‘God, use me’ did you really mean it? Such a simple three word prayer, but OH how dangerous! When truly meant, it gives God unrestricted access to move us in ways and put us in situations that may very well be extremely dangerous or not to our fleshly liking, but will bring Him honor and glory.

From prayers about my kids and my job, to pleading with God to heal my heart and to bring someone into my life who could love me for who I am, I’ve been praying some pretty dangerous prayers for the better part of a year and a half now. The one thing that I’ve learned is this; God rarely calls us into something that’s safe and comfortable. However, when God wants to use me, He will provide the strength, wisdom and resources needed to finish the work He set before me. God won’t ever use you for His purposes and stop when the task gets difficult or quit with the task half done. I know this is true because Philippians 1:6 say so, ‘being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ And Hebrews 13:21 says this, ‘equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.’

As those of you who read this BLOG knows, I’ve been decidedly absent…since the last time I blogged, Brittany has graduated, we’ve moved two houses, I’ve started a new job and Lisa and I were married! Both Lisa and I have prayed some pretty bold prayers and God has answered in very bold ways, but we haven’t stopped there! We are trying to instill daily bible reading and prayer with our kids as well. Honestly, it’s been a struggle as baseball or late suppers or any of a number of distractions try and interrupt this time, but we’re not giving up!

Hebrews 4: 15 says, ‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.’

God wants us to come to Him, not as a meek and frightened child, but with confidence and boldness.

What have you boldly and dangerously prayed today?

~ V

Comments

  1. Glad to have you back> I have almost stop looking at the blog because it has been so long, but understanding that you have been busy. I have never thought of prayer in that way before. It is an interesting consept. It takes a bold step to pray that way, but if you want God to work in your lives, then it is the only way to pray. Please do not wait as long this time to share your wisdom with us. God Bless you,
    Michael

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  2. Thanks Mike...I am SO not a teacher! Any wisdom that may come out is either via the school of hard knocks or Spirit led. In either event, it is good to be writing again! God bless ~ V

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  3. If your wife would leave you alone once in a while, maybe you would have more time to write =)

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  4. ...And why would I EVER want her to leave me alone??

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