Are your prayers safe or dangerous? Most of our prayers are way too safe. What do we pray for? God bless us. God help us. God protect us. This 4-part series will both challenge and arm you to pray dangerous prayers that will take you outside your comfort zone.
Dangerous Prayers can be life altering prayers where you hear from God in such a way that it impacts the trajectory of your life for the better. Search me. Break me. Send me. Use me. These are the dangerous prayers that we will both study and practice in this series.
(1) SEARCH ME: Sunday April 23rd
David prayed a very dangerous prayer in Psalm 139:23-24. David’s enemies and God’s enemies were on the attack, and accusing David of having wrong motives. But instead of denying and defending David asked God to search his heart, reveal his fears, uncover his sins and lead him in the everlasting way.
(2) BREAK ME: Sunday April 30th
When we pray this very dangerous prayer, God break me, we will find an intimacy with God on the other side of what can be a painful process. This prayer challenges us to hold nothing back like the woman with the alabaster jar who broke it and poured it out to anoint Jesus in Mark 14:3. It also challenges us to live broken and poured out lives in the same way Jesus modeled for us in the act of communion at the last supper in Mark 14:22-24.
(3) SEND ME: Sunday May 7th
"Send me!" is the prayer of availability. It reminds us of how our response to God’s call can either be the yes of Isaiah, "Here I am send me!” (Isaiah 6:8); the no of Jonah, who ran away from God’s call; or the “Who am I that I should go” (Exodus 3:11a) or "send someone else" of Moses. This prayer of availability opens us up to the thrill of being used by God and make a difference in this life.
(4) USE ME: Sunday May 14th
What would your life look like if you followed Jesus completely? What would it really mean to pray the life altering prayer - "Use me, God." What would it look like to be willing to follow - Wherever. Whenever. Whatever. Nothing held back in reserve. No back doors for retreat. No temptation to look back with regret. At the end of Luke chapter nine, after Jesus offers an invitation to follow him, we are introduced to three people who initially seem eager to follow, but once challenged by Jesus on what it would cost, they begin to make excuses. When we say “Use me, God” we are faced with the question of whether we are a fan or follower.