My pastor just started a summer sermon series entitled, "Dangerous Prayers". Usually we want to avoid danger like the plague. At least some of us do. There are people who seem to live for danger. They relish an adrenaline rush and love to put their life on the line on a regular basis. I suspect that most of us are just a tad bit less daring and consider these people just a little bit crazy or foolish.
As Christians however, God is calling us to step out of our comfort zone. We have to you know, if we are going to walk with God because you see, God goes to dangerous places. He goes to very dangerous places and if we want to be with Him, then we must go there as well.
Gethsemene was a very dangerous place on the eve of the arrest which preceeded the crucifixion of Jesus. The flesh cried out, "Don't go through this! It is too hard! You do not deserve to do this! It will be in vain for not all will receive you!" The flesh said, "Assert your power!" but Jesus' response was, "Not my will but thine." That was a dangerous prayer for He knew full well that prayer would lead to rejection, suffering and death before it led to victory,life and acceptance. It was a dangerous prayer.
When I think about the "dangerous prayers" I have prayed, one in particular sticks out in my mind. It happened in November 2007, several weeks before I was diagnosed with breast cancer. All day long, I was troubled but I had no idea why. I'd gone to a women's service at church that evening but I was still restless so once again, I began to pray on my way home. Though I had no idea what was happening or how I should even pray, I suddenly felt like there was an internal battle taking place and all I could do was cry out to God. I remember I felt almost like I was being ripped apart in my spirit.
I arrived home and sat in my driveway, sobbing uncontrollably. Finally, I choked out that I didn't care what God did to me. I only wanted to follow Him, wherever He would lead me. Instantly the battle was over. I had no idea what might happen but I knew that all would be well regardless of what I faced as long as I trusted in God... no matter what.
When I say "well", I do not mean that I would not face any trouble nor would I be exempt from suffering. It means that God would never leave me or forsake me and He would be with me through the fiercest and most difficult storms in life. I would remember this a few weeks later when I learned I had breast cancer.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior.
Dare to pray dangerous prayers and go to a place where trust is without borders.
Luke 2:31 came to my mind as I was reading this blog - thanks for the insight that has allowed me to wonder at Gods grace.
Thanks for the video clip as it is one of all time favourites.